London to Paris? I’ll go by boat!

TRAINING Alex Ireson from Cosham on her rowing machine, and inset with her daughter Matilda. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves  (13383-1 and 5)
TRAINING Alex Ireson from Cosham on her rowing machine, and inset with her daughter Matilda. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (13383-1 and 5)

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HERE’S an oar-some challenge. Mum Alex Ireson, of Vectis Way, Cosham, will be part of a team of 12 taking part in a charity row from London to Paris.

Her daughter Matilda, one, was born in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham.

Alex Ireson with her daughter Matilda. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves  (13383-5)

Alex Ireson with her daughter Matilda. Pictures: Ian Hargreaves (13383-5)

But Alex, a resuscitation officer, needed to have a Caesarean section, following complications.

Matilda was delivered weighing only 1lb 6oz.

She went on to spend 92 days in the neo-natal unit in QA, as well as needing trips to children’s wards in Southampton and London.

Alex, 30, said: ‘QA was fantastic – all the hospitals were.

‘Matilda is fine now, but she is susceptible to lung diseases.

‘But thankfully she’s better and is a little monkey!’

Alex heard about the Ickle Pickles charity, which supports neo-natal units across the country. The charity has organised a rowing race between itself and Help for Heroes.

The six-day challenge takes place in May.

The 500-mile trip starts from the River Thames in London, in to the English Channel and then up the River Seine, to the Eiffel Tower.

‘I heard about the charity and the row, and I thought it would be a good way to raise some cash for them,’ added Alex.

‘They really do a lot to support neo-natal units, and it’s my way of saying thank you.

‘Ickle Pickles was really helpful and provide a lot of support to parents too.’

Alex, who has a rowing machine at home, has been hard at work training for the challenge.

She is hoping to raise £2,500, and is also looking for a sponsor to provide £2,000 to pay for the trip. If you would like to sponsor Alex, email alex.ireson@yahoo.com.

To donate money, visit justgiving.com/L2Palexireson.

Or text L20P51 plus the amount to 70070.