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#DaringDad takes on The Wall

5th June 2017

One of Tamba’s #DaringDads will be battling shin splints and aching knees to take on a 69 mile run.

Simon Bradley will set off on the route from Carlisle to Newcastle on Saturday, 17th June 2017, hopefully completing it in time to celebrate Father’s Day with his young twins.

Simon and his wife had their twins, Tom and Sophie, two years ago and have been supporters of Tamba ever since.

Simon said: “They were induced at 38 weeks and were, and still are, happy and healthy.

“But we are aware that we’re very lucky and that some couples are not so fortunate. With this in mind, I wanted to raise money for Tamba.”

The challenge, known as The Wall, roughly takes in the route of Hadrian’s Wall. At 111km, it’s no mean feat. Simon will set off from Carlisle Castle at 7am and hopes to complete the challenge within 26 hours.

He said: “I’m raising money for Tamba to fund a research project into twin to twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).”

The rare and often devastating condition of TTTS occurs in about 10-15% of monochorionic (identical) twin pregnancies. It also affects higher multiple pregnancies which include monochorionic twins. If left untreated, 90% of these babies will die. Even with treatment, there is only up to a 70% chance of both babies surviving. Of those that do survive, there is a chance they will suffer from a disability or health condition.

The condition occurs when blood passes from one twin (the donor) to the other baby (the recipient). In most cases the donor twin becomes smaller and anaemic. They also usually have a reduced amount of amniotic fluid and can become ‘stuck’ to the side of the uterus. The recipient baby becomes bigger and the higher blood volume puts a strain on their heart.

Tamba has set up a TTTS Registry which was officially launched in November 2015 and was the first of its kind in the UK. Nine hospital trusts now input data into the system so they can learn more about the condition and look at ways to improve treatments and outcomes.

To support Simon’s fundraising, visit his fundraising page.

Interested in doing your own fundraising challenge for Tamba? Click here or email luciewigley@tamba.org.uk

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