Photos: Fundraiser for hospital that saved lives of Rugby twins raises more than £8k

More than 200 people walked, ran and cycled their way around Draycote Water to raise money for the hospital unit that saved the lives of Rugby twins Luke and Eva.

Jody Phillipson organised Saturday’s event in honour of her children, who were born at 27 weeks.

Jody, Eva, Barry & Luke Phillipson

Jody, Eva, Barry & Luke Phillipson

The twins spent more than 80 days at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire’s Neonatal Unit.

They celebrated their first birthdays in August.

Jody said: “The morning mist we all set off in had been replaced by glorious sunshine by the time we completed our lap, and it felt symbolic of the journey we experienced through the Neonatal Unit, from watching Luke and Eva fight for their lives in the early days with so much uncertainty, to the happy days when we were told they were healthy enough to come home.”

Cheerleaders from Roar, Cheer & Dance entertained the crowd, and La Casa Loco handed out free Mexican soda to participants.

The event raised an incredible £8,230 - smashing the initial £5,000 target.

Jody added: “I am completely astounded by just how generous people have been in helping us raise money and I feel our story has really touched people. I would like to say a massive thank you to every single person that has supported Miracle Miles in one way or another.”

Feisty Fitness, FRS - staff solutions, Sweet Retreat, Manor Farm Catthorpe and La Casa Loco sponsored the event. A number of businesses donated raffle prizes and Costume Cabin donated outfits.