This is one of the reasons that Steve, a lifelong friend of our Founder, Trevor, supports the charity.
Steve met Trevor at school. Trevor then went on to marry Steve’s cousin Tanya.
Steve has been a supporter of the charity since it began in 1995 after the sad death of Trevor and Tanya’s twin boys Joshua and Samuel. From that point onwards, Steve was hugely invested in raising money for special care babies in memory of Joshua and Samuel. Having seen a friend and family member deal with the initial shock of having premature twins and being aware of the specialist care and equipment required to help them, Steve wanted to support Trevor in making sure that other special care babies have access to the right equipment when they need it.
Special Care Baby Units (SCBUs), always need more equipment so that no specialist has to make the choice of which baby will benefit. Not every unit has every type of equipment. Not every unit has the right number. Steve wanted to help Trevor and New Life change this.
Steve loves taking part in challenges. He has attended 28 of the 29 Annual Golf Days, only missing one because his wife booked a holiday abroad. He is 61 but has had two hip replacements. This meant he had to give up impact sports so he got into road cycling and Lycra!
He has cycled from Newbury to Paris in three days, Lands’ End to John O’Groats in 12 days and Newbury to London to Amsterdam in four days. Not happy with those challenges he went on to cycle the Wild Atlantic Way on the West Coast of Ireland over five days, the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean coast over the Pyrenees over six days, and Alp d’Huez to Mount Ventoux over the Alps with his son in four days.
“I am hitting the road on my bike for a Santander to San Sebastien four-day cycle challenge in September 2023”” said Steve, and have set myself the target of raising £2000 which will add to the £20,000 I have raised for New Life over the years. Knowing what I’m raising the money for keeps me going during the tougher times of my challenges, as they aren’t always easy and fun!”