Emily and Austin's Buggython for NICU

Local mum Emily Spillman is running 5k a day for 74 consecutive days to raise money for us.  And her baby son Austin is going to be with Emily every step of the way in his buggy – dressed each day as a superhero.

Emily is raising money for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where Austin was treated last year after being born prematurely at just 26 weeks.  He then spent 74 days in NICU before being allowed home.  To say a big thank you to the staff there - and to raise money to help other parents who find themselves in a similar situation - Emily is taking on her 74 day challenge.

“I’m not a natural runner, but I wanted to set myself a challenge to raise money for the hospital.” Explains Emily.  “I was lucky that even though it was an extremely difficult time when Austin was in NICU, I had family nearby and a lot of support.  Many parents of premature babies don’t have that.”

So far Emily is about a quarter of the way into her 74 days.  “Austin comes with me in his buggy and each week he’s dressed as a different superhero.  We’ve had Superman, Batman and Spiderman so far and I’ll think it will be Dangermouse next.

“My quickest 5K to date is 32 minutes, but most days I’m a bit slower than that.  The buggy weighs 17 kg, so pushing that along means I’m not as fast as I could be.”

Emily, 27, a nurse, is mostly pounding the streets around Yate for her challenge but is even planning to do her daily 5K when she’s on holiday in Cornwall next month.  And for the last day of the challenge, on 12 November, Emily’s friends and family will be joining her on the run, with Austin’s first birthday party later that day to top it off.

“12 November is very significant for us.  We will have reached Austin’s first birthday, which is a massive milestone.  It seems right that the challenge should culminate in that.” Adds Emily.

Emily is always keen to have company on her runs, so if you’d like to join her please contact her via her Facebook page

You can also find out more about Emily’s challenge, and sponsor her, here 

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