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Fundraisers to take on 112-mile cycle for Special Care Baby Unit

Pictured above: Dave Owen’s daughter Erin Owen.


Aberystwyth Town Football Club goalkeeper coach Dave Owen and his friends will be taking part in the 112-mile cycle at Long Course Weekend Wales in Tenby on 22nd June 2024 to raise funds for the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Glangwili Hospital.

Dave’s youngest daughter, Erin, spent almost month in the SCBU when she was born.

Dave, from Llanrhystud, said: “The Special Care Baby Unit supported Erin with some of the challenges she faced in her early days. Erin was born early in unexpected circumstances and initially required assistance to breathe and needed to be monitored by numerous machines.

“She spent over two weeks in an incubator, with the fantastic nurses and ward staff providing continual care whilst they looked into some of her health needs. Even though Erin continues to attend numerous hospital and doctor appointments, the time she spent in SCBU has given her the best start that she could have had. Because of these amazing people, Erin has grown into a happy, playful and caring little girl, and although there may be some tricky paths ahead for her, they would be far bumpier if not for the care of the unit.

“The goal is to raise £2,000, with all the funds going towards SCBU to help enable them to continue their amazing work with other vulnerable and unwell newborn babies in the area.”

Nicola Llewelyn, Head of Hywel Dda Health Charities, the official charity of Hywel Dda University Health Board, said: “We’d like to say a huge good luck to Dave and his friends in the cycle at Long Course Weekend 2024.

“The support of our local communities enables us to provide services over and above what the NHS can provide in the three counties of Hywel Dda and we are extremely grateful for every donation we receive.”

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