A DOTING husband will race in a triathlon for the ward that helped him and his wife through a traumatic pregnancy that ended in the sad loss of their first baby.
Colin Hill, 26, will complete a 2.4-mile sea swim followed by a 112-mile road cycle and a full marathon in the Ironman challenge next month.
He hopes to raise £1,000 for Calderdale Royal Hospital’s labour, delivery, recovery and post-natal ward.
His wife Emma, 24, was admitted there last December after experiencing pains and false labours and in January the couple lost their son Jackson, born at 21 weeks.
Colin said: “What we went through was unspeakable, but throughout the staff were absolutely fantastic.
“However much I raise can only go towards beginning to say thank you.”
Colin is already around halfway towards his fund-raising target.
“Hopefully the money will go towards making it a bit more comfortable for people whether they are going through the joys of pregnancy, or the bereavement side of it.”
Colin, a physiotherapy student at Huddersfield University, has spent his summer break training hard for the challenge, on September 11 in Tenby, Wales.
He said: “I’m looking forward to it now. It’ll be a long struggle and yes it’ll be painful but it’ll definitely be an achievement and it’s for a worthwhile cause.”
To sponsor Colin, of Linthwaite, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/colhill