Catering equipment director’s £1k charity challenge

A projects director at catering equipment distributor Vision Commercial Kitchens is looking to raise as much money as possible for a local children’s hospital by taking part in the BUPA Great Manchester 10K Run.

Phil Shea has decided to lace up his running shoes to support St Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Manchester after one of his colleagues came to rely on their services unexpectedly.

Andrew Burns, a key accounts manager at Vision, and his wife Nikki, were delighted to discover they were expecting their first child back in September 2013. However Nikki went into labour at just 26 weeks.

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Keira-Drew Burns was born on the 2nd March 2014, weighing just 745 grams. Her expected due date had been the 7th June.

The team at Vision have waited with baited breath on every update from Nikki and Andrew and say it is without doubt that their daughter would not be doing as well as she is now without the staff at St Mary’s, who looked after her in her early weeks.

Shea hopes he can raise £1,000 for St Mary’s Hospital when he runs the race on Sunday 18 May.

“I’ve competed in challenges in the past but running isn’t my greatest strength so this is going to be tough,” he said. “Knowing the money I raise will be used to continue the great work that St Mary’s Children’s Hospital does is the best part of all.”

He added that donations could be made via his fundraising page here.

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