By Connie Osborne Thursday 08 August 2013 Updated: 09/08 09:37
A COUPLE will cycle from Bristol to Redditch to recreate the journey which saved their baby's life.
Veronica and Steve Haines, along with family members and friends, will be travelling 80 miles from Filton blood bank to the Alexandra Hospital on September 21. They will follow the same route volunteers used to transport blood for use in their son's emergency transfusion.
Maxwell, who is now seven months old, was born three weeks early and diagnosed with haemolytic disease, a condition where antibodies in a pregnant woman’s blood destroy her baby's blood cells and cause severe anaemia.
But with no local blood supplies available for the transfusion voluntary group Severn Freewheelers had to transport the blood in time for Max's operation.
The organisation couriers out of hours medical essentials such as human tissue and milk between NHS hospitals in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and North Wiltshire thanks to trained volunteers.
Mum Veronica told the Standard: "Without these guys doing the job they do, we would not have our beautiful baby with us today.
"The speedy delivery of the blood, coupled with an excellent consultant ensured the trauma Max had suffered ended in the Special Care Baby Unit and Max was given the best chance of a 'normal' life.
"Without such charities our son would not be with us today, and with the paediatric care he received, we have so much to be thankful for.
She added: "We are so thankful for all the work that people like this do, and if we could help another family then we will do what we can."
The cycle fund-raiser will end with a cricket match at Astwood Bank Cricket Club on the same day where a raffle will also take place with prizes such as an overnight stay at the Warwick Hilton Hotel up for grabs.
Visit www.justgiving.com.milesformax for more information or to donate.
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