Three former Magdalen College School pupils donned their trainers to run Reading Half Marathon on Sunday last week, raising £12,000 for a special care baby unit.
Rachel O’Callaghan, of Whitfield, and Robyn Goodacre, of Towcester, joined Crystal Dittman in the challenge after her son, Hayden, needed specialist care at the Buscot Ward at Royal Berkshire Hospital.
The trio, along with Miss Dittman’s partner Koon-Kau Man ran the race as part of Babies in Buscot Runners (BIBR). Hayden, now 18 months old, was born at 27 weeks and spent 116 days in the special care unit. He weighed 785g and spent the first eight weeks of his life in a ventilator. He had lung problems and developed fluid on the brain which was operated on twice.
Miss Dittman, from Reading, said: “Despite everything Hayden has been through and the fact that he actually had to have neurosurgery twice, he has developed into a spirited and happy little boy who is full of life. Without the care and attention Hayden received from the hard working staff on Buscot ward, he wouldn’t be the person he is today.”
The cash raised by Miss Dittman and the 18 other runners will be used to buy hot cot beds, which are used after babies leave the incubator.
Ms Dittman, 30, said: “When he moved into a cot it was amazing. It is a really nice thing because it means they are not trapped behind the incubator walls all the time.”
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