A man from Swansea will pass through Aberavon as part of an epic effort to cycle 100 miles followed by a skydive to raise money for a special care baby unit after his baby was born eleven weeks premature.
Martyn John decided to fundraise when his partner Emma gave birth to their baby son, Mason. At birth Mason weighed a mere 2lb 12.5oz and needed intensive care to ensure his health and development.
After eight weeks and one day at the Special Care Baby Unit, Mason was finally able to go home and be reunited with his mother, father and seven-year-old sister.
Speaking of his motivation, Martyn said: “We have had five premature babies born in our family and four of them were cared for by Singleton Hospital so as a family group we think it’s time we give what we can back to them.”
Starting out from Bristol, accompanied by his brother-in-law Gareth, Martyn will cycle one hundred miles westward following the South Wales coastline passing through Port Talbot and onward to Swansea Airport.
On completion of his epic bike ride Martyn, and his sister Sara, will take flight from Swansea Airport to skydive back down to earth in a grand finale.
Martyn said: “We hope to raise as much as we can to give back what they have given to us, any donations will be greatly appreciated by myself and all the family involved.
“This will pay for things like baby clothing, blankets, teddies, sterilisers, dummies and bottles.”
The charity bike ride is scheduled to take place on 27 August.
You can donate money to Martyn’s cause through his crowdfunding page and there will also be collection buckets along the cycle route.