Caring South Shields godmother raised cash for hospital baby unit by tackling Great North Run

Tanya Luke handing over money she raised for the Special Care Baby Unit to Sister Lilian Malcolm.
Tanya Luke handing over money she raised for the Special Care Baby Unit to Sister Lilian Malcolm.
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A caring South Shields woman went the extra mile to raise cash for the hospital unit that saved her goddaughter’s life.

Tanya Luke took on the Great North Run to thank the special care baby unit at South Tyneside District Hospital.

Tanya Luke with her goddaughter Abigail Trotter.

Tanya Luke with her goddaughter Abigail Trotter.

The 28-year-old’s goddaughter, Abigail Trotter, was born at the hospital when her mum Joanne was just 34 weeks pregnant.

She weighed just 3.5lbs and was kept in the hospital for the first six weeks of her life.

But now the six-year-old is fighting fit and Tanya, of Gillside Court, Simonside, thanked the hospital by handing over £785 she raised by tackling the 13.1-mile run on September 11.

Tanya, who is married to Joanne’s sister Clare, said: “She was delivered by c-section and weighed just 3.5lbs. She was in hospital for six weeks until she reached full term and a healthy weight. “She turned six on September 1 and everything is fine now. She’s dinky but she’s fine.

Tanya Luke with her goddaughter Abigail Trotter.

Tanya Luke with her goddaughter Abigail Trotter.

“The pair of us are very close. I just wanted to do something to thank the hospital for saving her life. It was very hot on the day of the run and I had injuries in the lead-up to it but I did it in about two-and-a-half-hours. I would like to thank all my family and friends who sponsored me.”

Tanya, who works as an administration advisor for npower, got in touch with the hospital to ask if she could take on the Great North Run on the unit’s behalf and was invited in by grateful staff after the event to see where the money she’s raised will be going.

Sister Lilian Malcolm, from the hospital, said: “Tanya raised a fantastic amount of money and it was lovely to meet her and say thank you in person.”