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Fundraising dad busts his target

Fundraising dad Tristan Wood has beat his target after competing a summer of gruelling events to raise money for a special care baby charity.

Tristan, 33, from Broken Cross, Macclesfield, was hoping to raise £1,000 for charity Bliss by taking part in five sponsored sporting events. His total so far is £1, 194.

He set up the Zachary Wood Sunshine Fund in association with Bliss after his son, now 16 months old, was born prematurely and lay in intensive care for two weeks.

Tristan and wife Dawn watched their son struggle for his life at Macclesfield Hospital after he was born 11 weeks early. Doctors said there was a 20 per cent chance he would not survive.

Zachary is now a healthy little boy and Tristan wanted to say thank you to the Bliss charity, which cares for premature and sick babies across the UK.

His huge fundraising challenge began with the Liverpool Triathlon in June. This was followed by the Manchester to Blackpool Cycle in July and the Crossbay Challenge Half Marathon, also in July. In September he completed the Tatton Triathlon, and his final event, in October, was the Capesthorne Triathlon.

Tristan said: “Having a premature baby is an emotional rollercoaster. You see the highest of the highs but the lowest of the lows when the worst happens to other parents.

“It goes from what should be the most amazing experience to being one of the darkest moments, and you fear the worst. But we were lucky and Bliss was brilliant.

“It’s their mission to get a Bliss nurse in every major unit in the country. They are amazing people and I wanted to do something to help.”


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