A local dad from West Heath has been crowned this week’s Charity Champion after raising over £1,000 for Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity.

Father of one, Dan Caga, took on Birmingham’s 10k to raise vital funds for the Neonatal Unit at the Women’s Hospital cared for his daughter, Miylah, earlier this year.   

When Miylah was born, it was clear something was wrong. She spent 11 days on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), including a spell in high dependency. She was diagnosed with meconium aspiration syndrome, a condition that can affect the lungs of new-born babies.

Dan said: “We were only able to see Miylah for a few minutes before she was rushed off by the midwives. During what was a distressing and scary time for us both, we felt completely supported by the NICU team. Our consultant explained what was happening and he made us feel reassured and calm. The team were so positive that we went from feeling really anxious to feeling like they were our friends and family.”

After 12 days on the department, Miylah had recovered enough to be discharged, and now six months on she’s going from strength to strength.

To show his appreciation for the hospital, Dan signed up to the Great Birmingham 10k run and chose Birmingham Women’s Hospital as his charity. With an initial target of £500, Dan was overwhelmed when his total had doubled to £1,087. And Dan hasn’t stopped there - he’s now training to run the Birmingham Half Marathon in October.

Miranda Williams, Public Fundraising Manager at Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity , said: “We’re so pleased to hear Miylah is doing so well and we’re incredibly grateful to Dan for choosing to say thank you for the care she received by supporting our charity. It’s always so inspiring to hear how families can turn a negative experience into something positive by helping make a difference for others.

“The money they have raised will go towards supporting our Neonatal Unit, where Miylah was cared for. It will help the staff fund equipment which will mean our women, babies and families get the best possible experience while they are with us.  

For more information on Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity visit www.bwh.org.uk, email [email protected] or call 0121 335 8040. To run alongside Dan in the Half Marathon later this year, visit: http://www.greatrun.org/great-birmingham-run and select Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity as your charity.