Portsmouth police officer pedal in aid of premature babies

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A POLICE officer is preparing to cycle more than 100 miles in a day to help premature babies.

PC Dave Cooper decided to act after his and wife Lisa’s twins Tom and Ethan were born 16 weeks’ premature last January.

After a week at the Queen Alexandra Hospital neonatal unit in Cosham they were both transferred to the Princess Anne Neonatal Unit in Southampton for surgery.

The twin boys were very ill and Tom sadly died nearly a month later. Ethan pulled through and with the help of family, friends, nurses, doctors and consultants the family found the strength to carry on. Now Hampshire Constabulary’s PC Cooper and police custody sergeant Simon Morgan are taking part in a gruelling one-day, 120-mile bike ride .

They aim to complete the tour of the Black Mountains in Wales, on Sunday to raise funds. PC Cooper said: ‘This is a cause close to my heart and I want to support fundraising for other families.’

To make a donation visit justgiving.com/Dave-Cooper0