Former Frome resident Tom Herbert, aged 26, now living in Richmond in London, cycled 300 miles from London to Paris, once he got there he also ran the Paris Marathon. He raised £1055.70 towards the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Bath’s Royal United Hospital.
Tom chose to support the NICU because his brother Milo, now aged 10, spent the first 3 months of his life being cared for in the unit following his premature birth in 2001. Tom comments: “I’m so happy and so proud! I’ve been absolutely blown away by people’s generosity to be honest and I know it will make a difference to the babies at NICU.”
Tom set off on April 11th, and cycled 100 miles a day- arriving in the French capital two days later finished off his success by completing the Paris marathon on the Sunday 15th- in just under 4 hours.
Over the past couple of years this unit has undergone major refurbishment with the old and tired facilities that had outgrown their use being turned in to parent accommodation, staff offices and seminar space. Sitting proudly next door is the new Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, the first environmentally sustainable premature baby unit in Europe. NICU has recently been awarded a BREEAM Global rating of Excellent and achieved South West Project of the Year Winner. It truly is an inspiring model for future buildings and one of which the South-West should be proud of.