Trio run across Europe for Worthing Hospital baby unit

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A MAN has run 10 marathons in 10 days to raise funds for the Worthing baby unit that cared for his child.

Wesley Ranger, 35, from Worthing, started his challenge in Lake Como, Italy.

The challenge came about after Wesley’s wife, Kerri, gave birth prematurely at 28 weeks to twins, Jude and Elizabeth, in 2010.

Elizabeth sadly died at 26 weeks of twin-to-twin blood transfusion syndrome, but Jude was cared for initially at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton, before being transferred to Worthing’s special care baby unit . Two years on, she is now “thriving”.

Wesley said: “This was an incredibly difficult time for me, Kerri, and our families.

“We were only able to get through this because of the warmth, support, and guidance shown by the staff at both units.

“The staff at both units are absolutely amazing and they go much further than they are paid to in supporting children and their families.”

The marathons saw Wesley travel through Europe. He finished by running the London Marathon route backwards.

However, he is no stranger to marathons. “I did three marathons last year but I wanted to set myself something more substantial.

“I’ve been getting up at 5am to fit in the training around family life.”

Wesley ran with his friends Nicola Paplini and Joe Hingston, who between them funded the costs of the trip. Their fund-raising target is £15,000.

All the proceeds from donations will go directly to the charity.