Mattishall father takes on boxing challenge to thank hospital unit that cared for his son

Matthew Gostling is taking to the ring for a charity boxing match to raise money for the intensive c

Matthew Gostling is taking to the ring for a charity boxing match to raise money for the intensive care unit that has support his family. Picture: Sheri Smith - Credit: Archant

A father is preparing to climb into the boxing ring for the first time to raise money for the intensive care unit which supported to his new born son.

Logan was born ten weeks premature and with a condition known as Gastroschisis. Picture: Sheri Smith

Logan was born ten weeks premature and with a condition known as Gastroschisis. Picture: Sheri Smith - Credit: Archant

The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has been caring for young Logan, from Mattishall, since the day he was born prematurely 16 weeks ago.

He has been undergoing weeks of treatment for Gastroschisis, a condition which has caused his intestine to grow on the outside of his body.

Logan's parents, Kirsty Smith and Matthew Gostling, have praised the support they have been given by the NICU and are so keen to show their gratitude that Mr Gostling is going to take on a fundraising boxing match, despite having no experience in the ring.

Ms Smith said: 'The NICU has been wonderful in so many ways in the care of Logan. The whole of the staff on that unit, from the cleaners to top consultants, are exceptional.

Kirsty Smith with her son Logan. Picture: Sheri Smith

Kirsty Smith with her son Logan. Picture: Sheri Smith - Credit: Archant


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'Matthew has always had an interest in boxing - at least in watching it. It was during a conversation with some friends about fundraising that one suggested he approach Tower Fitness Boxing in Norwich to do a three-month training course and appear in the ring at a charity show.

'He is not nervous about the three rounds. He's hopeful the training will help him to perform well and win. But this is about raising money and awareness of the excellent work the NICU do for so many babies in and around our county.'

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The match will take place at the Open in Norwich in Saturday, July 15. Sponsor forms can be found in the Mattishall Sports and Social Club and Mattishall Swan. There is also a donation page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kirsty-smith73.

Ms Smith added: 'Logan is doing well at the moment and has managed to get to around 8lb. He grows in strength every day and is beginning to show his own little character.

'On the Buxton Ward at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital his wonderful care is continuing, though we have not been given a time scale for when he will come home, we can't wait for him to join us all.'

For more on the boxing show, and to book tickets, call 01603 763111.

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