A FATHERS determined efforts to raise £10,000 for the hospital, which saved his sons life, is almost complete, after a dare-devil fundraising stunt.

Matt Humber, 30, from Orpington, who teaches at Coopers School, Chislehurst, needed to have a Tetanus injection to take part in a tough guy competition, where he ran through animal slurry.

The committed runner also endured a freezing cold soaking in an eight-mile run over hills and through streams, to support his fundraiser at the national competition in Wolverhampton.

The inspiration behind his determined actions was his experience at Farnborough Hospital, when doctors had told Mr Humber and his wife, Clare, that the premature birth of their son meant he might die.

But after superb care from the team at the Special Care Baby Unit, Max survived and nine months later he is a healthy, bouncing baby.

The couple were so happy, they decided to find a meaningful way to say thanks to the hospital by providing them with a £10,000 life-support machine.

Mr Humber said: It took my body two hours to stop shaking after the event and I felt like I was running on stumps.

But we wanted to do more than just say thank you to the nurses and staff, so it was worth it.

He added My tally now stands at £9,000 and I am looking forward to presenting senior nurse Cheryl Quarry at Farnborough Hospital with a cheque in the summer.

Anybody who wants more information about the campaign can call 01689 606942.