A KIRKCALDY doctor who has helped care for hundreds of babies in Fife is doing a charity cycle to help those born prematurely.
Dr Sean Ainsworth (48), a consultant paediatrician and neonatologist at the Victoria Hospital, is currently several days into a cycle run from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
He is raising money for the baby charity Bliss, which gives vital support and care to premature babies in the UK, and for the neonatal unit at Victoria Hospital which cares for premature and sick babies.
In the 12 years he has worked in Fife, Dr Ainsworth has been called on to help deliver and care for many premature and ill babies, so it was an easy choice for him to make.
He said: “Being the parent of a sick or pre term baby is extremely stressful. Bliss helps to support parents at the most difficult times.
“The neonatal unit in Fife is where most of the sick and pre term infants are cared for, with around 400 a year admitted. Money donated to the unit will also be used to try to make the parents’ journey easier by heling to buy things to help them feel at ease; things the NHS doesn’t have money for because it needs to spend it on healthcare.”
Dr Ainsworth, who lives in Dalgety Bay, set off on his 1030 mile journey, taking some of the more scenic roads, on Monday and expects it to take him 14 days. He regularly takes part in charity cycle rides, but this is the furthest he has attempted so far.
He hopes to raise as much money as possible for the two charities. To donate to his cause, visit: www.justgiving.com/teams/lejog-for-babies.