Campsall dad’s charity trek for ward that saved son

26-year-old Danny Flanagan, of Campsall, is taking part in a 215 mile charity bike ride for Doncaster Royal Infirmary's neo-natal unit in honour of the care they gave to six-month-old son Jacobi. Pictured with him are daughter Ava, four, partner Cara Kosma, 25, and son Jacobi.  Picture: Liz Mockler D4384LM
26-year-old Danny Flanagan, of Campsall, is taking part in a 215 mile charity bike ride for Doncaster Royal Infirmary's neo-natal unit in honour of the care they gave to six-month-old son Jacobi. Pictured with him are daughter Ava, four, partner Cara Kosma, 25, and son Jacobi. Picture: Liz Mockler D4384LM
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A devoted dad is taking on a 215 mile charity cycle to raise funds for the neonatal ward that helped save his son.

Danny Flanagan is planning to cycle from Hornsea to Southport to give something back to the ward at Doncaster Royal infirmary following the birth of his son Jacobi.

Jacobi, who is now six-months-old, was born with a hole in his heart and had to spend days under a UV lamp after recurring bouts of jaundice.

But thanks to the care of nurses on the ward the youngster is now fighting fit.

Mr Flannagan, 26, of Wordsworth Avenue, Campsall, said: “Jacobi was on the ward for three weeks and the nurses there were fantastic. The level of care and attention was amazing and they really helped put our minds at rest.

“We were in a bit of a state when we first found out but they gave us all the information we needed.

“Jacobi is really healthy now he’s still having check-ups but they say his heart defect is healing.”

Mr Flanagan, who is also dad to Ava, four, has enlisted the help of family and friends and will be joined by five others on the charity trek.

He said: “There’s going to be about six of us doing it and all of us have had some experience of the neonatal unit.

“I’ve not really done anything like this before but raising money for the neonatal unit is something that is really close to my heart and I like to set myself personal challenges, the cycle has become a bit of an obsession at the minute.

“I’ve started training and so far so good, because this cause is something that means so much to me it’s going to spur me on.

“I would just say to the nurses who looked after Jacobi a massive thank you.

“Not all babies are as lucky as Jacobi and the nurses there deserve a lot of credit for what they do. All the proceeds will go to the neonatal unit.”

To donate and for more information about the charity cycle that is due to take place on the August 19 and expected to take three to five days to complete. visit https://www.justgiving.com/bikeforneonatal