RAF Wittering policeman and dad of twins to take on huge cycle challenge to say thanks to medical staff

A RAF police man will cycle 82 miles to say thanks to medical staff who helped save his baby's life.

Friday, 7th April 2017, 2:56 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:17 pm
Nathan Curtis

Nathan Curtis, who is based at RAF Wittering, will ride between Peterborough City Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary on April 15.

His twin daughters were born in October 2016 and are healthy now but their mum, Steffanie, needed an emergency caesarean if the smaller of the twins was to survive. The lifesaving operation was performed at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Nathan and Steffanie were unable to see the girls, Millie and Charlotte, for the first few hours of their lives. Born ten weeks prematurely, the tiny babies were just bigger than the size of an adult hand.

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Millie and Charlotte

Two weeks afterwards, Millie was transferred to Peterborough City Hospital.

Nathan said: “The quality of care was second to none and everybody was just amazing. The neonatal intensive care staff are the real heroes. I knew the girls were in the best capable hands.”

It’s very busy in the Curtis household. Steffanie is a full time mum to Mille and Charlotte and their brother, Noah, who is three years old. Nathan is balancing a very busy job as an RAF policeman with helping his wife at home and training for the bike ride.

In preparation for the 82 mile ride, Nathan trains every day; working in the gym and on a turbo-trainer at home. The turbo-trainer is a small device which is mounted under the rear wheel of a bicycle and allows realistic (but static) training indoors.

Millie and Charlotte

All the money raised in the ride will go to the neonatal intensive care units at Peterborough City Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The 82.6 mile route will see Nathan cycle from Peterborough City Hospital to Leicester Royal Infirmary and then back again.

Nathan said: “Both hospitals do really amazing work and our girls wouldn’t be here without them. Please just give as generously as you can because there are other parents out there who might be going through the same thing right now and they’ll need as much help as we had.”

Nathan has set up a MyDonate page: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/nathancurtis1