Sergeant Jon Butler, from West Midlands Police, is getting ready to go on the run later this year as he takes part in the London Marathon to raise money for Walsall Manor Hospital’s Neonatal Unit which cared for his baby son.
Little Oliver was born around six weeks prematurely in May 2016 and his lungs and digestive system hadn’t developed properly which meant he needed special care. He was also jaundiced.
Looking back to that time Jon, who is stationed on the Central Motorway Police Group, can remember how worried he and his wife Liz were about their precious son.
“You go through a lot of emotions because although your baby is here he has serious health issues that could worsen at any time,” he explained.
“I was also worried about Liz’s health and it is a very stressful time. But the staff were so professional and caring. They know you’ve got lots of questions and fears and they explain everything as well as reassure you. They were fantastic.”
Oliver stayed in the unit for 10 days and the couple were then finally able to take him home and settle into family life.
“Now we look at him having fun in the snow and playing and laughing and can’t believe he was ever poorly,” said Jon. “We are so grateful for the care he received and the dedication of the staff in the neonatal unit.”
Jon is now trying to ignore the cold, wet conditions of the winter months to get in his training for the big day on 22 April. And he’ll be in good company as many police colleagues will also be competing for their chosen good causes.
“My family will be cheering me on and I’d like to raise £1,000 for the unit,” he added. “Look out for me on the day wearing Well Wishers’ blue vest and shorts to represent Walsall Healthcare’s charity!”
Fundraising manger Georgie Westley said: “Good luck to Jon – we’ll all be cheering for him back in Walsall. We are so pleased that little Oliver is doing well and thank Jon for wanting to give something back to our neonatal unit.”
To sponsor Jon please go to justgiving.com/fundraising/Butler8463.