East to west charity cycle ride

Family and friends of Chapel baby Tyler Furness doing a coast to coast sponsored cycle ride for local neonatal units.
Family and friends of Chapel baby Tyler Furness doing a coast to coast sponsored cycle ride for local neonatal units.

FAMILY and friends of a baby born four months prematurely are to take part in a charity cycle to raise funds for the two neo-natal units that have played a vital role in his fight for survival.

Tyler John Furness weighted just 1lb 3oz when he was born at Stepping Hill Hospital in February.

He spent time in intensive care and nearly three months on a ventilator at Wythenshawe Hospital before returning to Stepping Hill.

Now six months old, Tyler weighs over 7lb and preparations are starting to be made for him to go home although he will need ongoing care.

His parents Nathan and Kelly, from Buxton, believe that if it wasn’t for the efforts of dedicated staff at the two neo-natal units he wouldn’t be where he is today.

Now, Nathan and Tyler’s grandad John from Chapel, together with eight friends, are tackling the 150-mile route from Roker in Sunderland to Workington in Cumbria at the end of September.

The challenge is one of the first for the Light at the End fund the family has launched to raise funds for both neo-natal units.

To support the cyclists’ efforts, fill in one of the rider sponsor forms or contact Tracey Furness on 01298 814799 or email tracey.furness@sky.com.

Donations can also be made via the hospitals’ websites.