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Woman takes on Nidderdale Sprint Triathlon in aid of Barnsley’s babies

runningBarnsley Hospital Charity’s Tiny Hearts Appeal received a generous donation after a Yorkshire woman took part in the Nidderdale Sprint Triathlon on Saturday 12 September, raising in excess of £600 for the charity, which far exceeded her personal target of £200.

Helen Apperley of Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire took part in the challenge which requires physical strength and endurance, as a way of giving back to Barnsley Hospital’s Neonatal Unit for the care given when her baby daughter was born there. To complete the challenge, she had to swim 400m, cycle 20k and run 5k.

Helen says:

“Our daughter Georgie was born and taken care of for several months when she made an unexpected early arrival and I saw that they were raising funds to improve the facilities. It seemed fitting therefore that any money I raised should go to them.

“Georgie is now 6, and a healthy, feisty little girl – thank you Barnsley for giving her the best possible start in life.”

Helen continues:

“Those who know me know that fitness fanaticism is not my forte! It was therefore with some trepidation (and perhaps after a glass of wine) that I agreed at Christmas to take part in a Triathlon. It all seemed an age away… plenty of time to buy all the new gear and at least look the part!

“In the interim, I managed to do a range of training, sufficient at least that I was able to make it around the course, although not enough to win any prizes.

“The atmosphere on the day was great, everyone encouraging other competitors to keep on going and make it through. It was a great sense of achievement.”

The Tiny Hearts Appeal is a campaign administered by Barnsley Hospital Charity which aims to raise £1 million to support the development of a brand new, state of the art Neonatal Unit at Barnsley Hospital, which will be situated alongside the Barnsley Birthing Centre. The new unit will enable the care team to adapt to each individual baby and their complex needs much more fluidly than before.

Steve Wragg, Chairman of Barnsley Hospital Charity says:

“It’s fantastic that Helen took part in this challenge. I understand how difficult it can be and daunting when you take on a challenge that you wouldn’t normally do. To then go on and triple her target is absolutely brilliant so well done.

The money raised is a great contribution to the appeal and will make a real difference.”

If you’d like to support the Tiny Hearts Appeal, visit Barnsley Hospital Charity’s website to find out how or contact the charity on 01226 43 1650


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