Fundraiser Gary to take on 18 Tough Mudders in 2018

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Not content with taking on just one Tough Mudder challenge, Gary Cranston has pledged to complete an amazing 18 full courses throughout 2018 – all to raise money for Tiny Lives.

Gary, from Gateshead, started his muddy challenge at the end of April and will be finishing up at the end of September. Tough Mudder courses are notoriously exhausting, with clinging mud and dirt, tricky obstacles to navigate and the distance to compete with as well.

He’ll be covering 10-12 miles on each course, contending with freezing pits of ice, climbing steep and slippery walls and squelching through over 500,000 litres of fresh mud!

Gary has chosen to raise money for Tiny Lives as a thanks for the care received by his friend’s son Kyle, who spent time on the Neonatal Unit in 2016.

Tiny Lives relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, so we’d like to say a huge thank you to Gary for his commitment to this incredible challenge.

You can find out more about the challenge and donate on Gary’s fundraising page.

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A few words from Kyle’s parents –

From a parents point of view having a premature baby was the most traumatic and terrifying experience of our lives, but the amazing help and support from the dedicated teams at Newcastle’s RVI and Tiny Lives helped get us through it. Kyle was born 17 weeks early at only 23+6 weeks, weighing a tiny 650g (1lb 7oz). He spent the first 15 weeks of his life in the Special Care Baby Unit where we as parents witnessed the invaluable help and support that Tiny Lives provide to the unit. Not only do they provide support to the babies and families but also provide essential lifesaving equipment and staff.

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