Bliss baby charity

Cirencester dad to run London Marathon for premature and sick babies

Press release   •   Mar 22, 2018 11:25 GMT

Hotel manager Jon Calvert, 29, met his son, Charlie at Great Western Hospital much sooner than he expected. His wife Lucy’s waters broke when she was 27 weeks pregnant and the couple were told that their baby could be with them at any minute.

Lucy attended regular appointments at the hospital as the couple waited anxiously for Charlie’s arrival. At 34 weeks, the decision was made to deliver Charlie via c-section. He weighed 5lb 13oz at birth. He was then transferred to the neonatal unit for specialist care.

Jon said: “Our experience of birth was so different from the average parent – leaving our child overnight on his own, feeding him through a tube and not being able to hold him. Our friends were only allowed to visit one at a time and while Charlie was in hospital it was hard to feel like a proper dad. Once Charlie made it home we haven’t looked back. He is now 14 months old and doing great.

“We were extremely lucky that our son has no long term complications from his early arrival but we know that he is one of the lucky ones. I want to run the Marathon to support Bliss to contribute to their life-changing work in supporting parents and sick babies. If my boy can cope with what he went through at the very start of his life, I can cope with running 26.2 miles for him.”

Chief Executive of Bliss, Caroline Lee-Davey, said: “I wish Jon the best of luck taking on the London Marathon for Bliss. He is part of a wonderful team of dedicated runners who are raising money and awareness for the one in eight babies across the UK who are born in need ofneonatal care. The vital funds Jon raises will help us to achieve our ambition to reach every single baby born premature or sick in the UK and their families.”

If you would like to support Jon, you can donate to his fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jonathan-calvert3

95,000 babies are born sick or premature in the UK every year. Bliss, the premature and sick baby charity, champions the rights of every baby born premature or sick to receive the best care. We achieve this by empowering families, influencing policy and practice, and enabling life-changing research.

Bliss was founded in 1979 by a group of concerned parents who discovered that no hospital had all the equipment it needed to safely care for premature and sick babies. Determined to do something, these volunteers formed a charity to give vulnerable babies the care they deserve. Almost 40 years later Bliss has grown into the UK’s leading charity for babies born premature or sick. Bliss champions the right for every baby born premature or sick to receive the best care. We achieve this by empowering families, influencing policy and practice, and enabling life-changing research.

For more information about Bliss, visit bliss.org.uk