Tanya’s ‘thank you’ run for baby unit

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.

A caring South Shields woman went the extra mile to raise money for South Tyneside’s special care baby unit - by taking part in this year’s Great North Run.

Tanya Luke, 28, raised £785 by competing in the Great North Run.

It was her way of saying thank you for saving her goddaughter’s life.

Abigail Trotter, who was six on September 1, was born at South Tyneside District Hospital just 34 weeks in to mum Joanne’s pregnancy.

She weighed only 3.5lbs and was kept in hospital for six weeks.

Tanya, who is married to Joanne’s sister, Clare, said: “I just wanted to do something to thank the hospital for saving her life. I would like to thank all my family and friends who sponsored me.”

Tanya, who works as an administration advisor for npower, was invited in to the unit by grateful staff to present the cheque.

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