Joe’s amazing double fundraising challenge

Dad, Joe Walsh, is taking on not one, but two, big challenges to raise funds for neonatal care at Watford General

This is a photo of baby Theo. Theo is the inspiration behind Joe Walsh's fundraising challenge.
Gorgeous baby Theo is the inspiration behind Joe’s fundraising challenges

Joe’s son, Theo, was born in Watford General in February, eight weeks early, and weighed only 2lb 14 oz. Joe said: “In what was a very scary situation, the teams in SCBU and the neonatal unit provided unbelievable support and made us all feel safe. In those early weeks, the team gave Theo one-to-one care, 24 hours a day. They looked after our baby boy and made sure he came home strong. I can never thank the staff enough for everything they did for us”.

Theo is now flourishing and apparently more smiley and more chatty every day. So to say thank you, Joe has challenged himself to complete Swim Serpentine on 17 September, quickly followed by the London Marathon on 2 October. A superhero feat! If you’ve been inspired by Theo and Joe’s story, please visit their JustGiving fundraising page. As Joe says, “any donation would be hugely appreciated and would make a big difference”.

Samantha Sherratt, Raise’s CEO, said: “How wonderful that Joe has chosen to say thank you for the care his family received by fundraising in this way. We’ll be following your progress, Joe, and sending you all our good luck vibes as you take on these challenges. Fundraisers like you help to ensure that future generations receive care over and above what the NHS alone can afford. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”

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