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Andrew stumbled upon the idea to take on the 26 mile challenge at last year’s Children’s Hospital showcase, where he spoke to Kamlesh Mistry, Community and Events Fundraising Manager for Leicester Hospitals Charity about how fundraising helps improve our hospitals. His main focus will be the needs of parents, carers and siblings who need to visit their sick children in the neonatal unit and UHL Childrens Hospital where he works. He also hopes to raise money for specialised monitors which will help with the neonatal units plans to discharge newborn babies quicker.
Andrew explains further: “Having a sick baby or child in hospital is a very stressful time for any family. I believe it is important to create an environment which is right for everyone. Our youngest patients are at the heart of our service, however, we also need to consider the support needed for their parents and carers during what can be a difficult time. Improving the environment to support the rest of the family is often categorised under non-essential spending and thus always falls to the bottom of the list and yet it can make a big difference to how a child recovers and their family copes. So I want to take this chance to help raise some funds to improve what is on offer. The Neonatal Service is also looking at ways of discharging babies sooner to home and we need oxygen monitors to help with this.”
Jonathan Cusack, Consultant Neonatologist and Head of Service for the Leicester Neonatal Service, said: “Andy has been a consultant colleague on the neonatal unit for many years. He has spent many months training for the marathon - this is his first full marathon - all of the staff on the unit wish him good luck!
“The money raised will be used to fund equipment that we are going to use to help facilitate earlier discharge from hospital for some of our smallest babies: we are hoping to purchase monitors and tube feeding equipment to allow babies to go home to their families as early as possible.
“This is a fantastic endeavour- our thanks go to Andy for all of the effort and training: we will be looking out for you on the day!”
From previously completing the Three Peaks challenge and successfully finishing the Great North Run half-marathon, Andrew has taken on another challenge this year, aiming to complete the London Marathon in April. His preparation is going well and he has recently completed a 20 mile run in preparation for the big day.
Andrew added: “I am always looking for a new challenge and I am preparing hard for the London Marathon this April. I hope everyone can get behind this and help raise as much money as possible.”
Andrew is currently the Director of Musculoskeletal and Specialist Surgery and continues his clinical work as a Consultant Neonatologist at Leicester’s Hospitals. Previously, he was Clinical Lead for the Newborn Transport Service, Head of Neonatal Services and Deputy Director for our Women’s and Children’s Service.
You can donate to Andrew’s fundraising effort by visiting: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=andrew-currie-UHLKIDS-090163