Royal Preston Hospital’s life-saving work inspires Garstang footballer’s charity challenge

Posted on - 14th March, 2024 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Garstang, Health, People, Preston Locations, Preston News, Proud Preston, Sharoe Green, Sport
Isobel Miller. Pic: LTHTR Charity
Isobel Miller. Pic: LTHTR Charity

A team of former Garstang football players are raising money for the children’s fund at Lancashire Teaching Hospital.

Joe Miller, 34, ex-centre half and former reserve team co-manager planned the fundraiser as a way to thank the staff at Royal Preston Hospital who saved the life of his baby daughter, Isobel. 

The group aim to complete the National Three Peaks in 24 hours, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon on 3 May.

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Last year, Isobel who was aged five weeks was battling to survive after being diagnosed with viral meningitis.

Joe, also a dad to Georgina (four) and Louie (two) said: “Isobel didn’t wake up for her feed so my wife Emily went to check on her.

“Emily woke Isobel but she wouldn’t take her milk and she didn’t look well. We were told by 111 to take Isobel to the hospital where she was admitted to the Children’s Ward.”

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Isobel had to have an x-ray, blood tests and a CT scan before she stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated.

After she was diagnosed, doctors put her in an induced coma and she was transferred to the intensive care unit at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Joe said: ”Isobel was in Manchester for 10 days but thankfully, she has made a full recovery and is now thriving. 

“She owes her life though to the doctors and nurses who first treated her in Preston.”

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Former Garstang FC players who are taking on the challenge. Pic: LTHTR

Those taking part include Andrew Ireland, Andrew Taylor, Carlo Matichecchia, Joe Crook, Michael Shepherd, Matthew Johnston and David Porter, who are all training to complete the climb alongside father-in-law Dave Richardson.

Joe’s dad Fred Millier, stepfather-in-law Karl Coulter and Phil Hall are sharing the driving and support in between.

Last year Joe did a skydive and raised £3,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities, where he and Emily stayed in Manchester.

Now, he wants to thank the Children’s Ward staff at Royal Preston Hospital.

To sponsor Joe and his team, you can visit his JustGiving page.

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