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Nine-year-old’s 50km swim raises over £1,200 for neonatal unit

A nine-year-old boy has raised £1,210 to support babies born too soon, too small or too sick at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Ben Chadwick, from Evesham, swam 50km over six weeks at local swimming pools to raise money for the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.



In 2005 Ben was born with a lung condition. He spent five weeks being cared for in neonatal units at both Worcestershire Royal and Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham.

Completing his challenge in over 2,000 lengths, Ben’s 50km swim matched the distance between the two hospitals.

Ben said “I’m really grateful to everyone working in the neonatal units. I wanted to do something different to say thank you to the people who looked after me when I was born.”

Dr Andrew Gallagher, Consultant Paediatrician said “Ben is a marvellous individual. To take on a challenge like this at such a young age is a real testament to him.  I don’t know many people that could swim 50km in three months let alone six weeks. We are all very grateful for his efforts.”

Craig Burchell, Fundraiser for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Fund said “Ben is amazing, for someone so young to raise so much, is absolutely brilliant. I’m already lining him up for a London Marathon place when he turns 10! Joking aside he has done remarkably well and we are all so grateful for his support.”

If you would like to take up a similar challenge in support of your local hospitals, regardless of your age, please contact the fundraising team on 01905 760551 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.