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Lee-on-the-Solent’s dad will roller skate 1,000 miles for neonatal charity after twins were born 12 weeks early

By on May 12, 2022 0

Jack and Jasmine Pollock were born just 25 weeks into their mother’s pregnancy in July 2014.

After a long time in the neonatal intensive care unit at QA Hospital, the siblings, now aged seven, were well enough to return home to their families, including brother Jimmy and mother Irina.

Now their father, Ross, wants to help others facing similar situations and is set to roller skate a total of 1,000 miles over a three-month period starting May 13.

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Ross Pollock with his family, son Jimmy (middle) wife Irina (top right) and twins Jasmine and Jack, as Mr Pollock aims to roller skate 1,000 miles to raise money for a neonatal charity where her twins spent months in hospital after being born prematurely. Date of issue: Thursday, May 12, 2022.

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The 47-year-old said: “We all have our challenges in life – the twins, what they went through was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through.”

“I don’t think anything can prepare you for how difficult it is.

“We were very lucky to come out of it with the twins – not everyone is so lucky, but I want to try and do something to help other people who might find themselves in the same situation.

Jasmine is one of a group of twins born prematurely as their father Ross Pollock aims to roller skate 1,000 miles to raise money for a neonatal charity where his twins spent months in hospital after being born prematurely. Date of issue: Thursday, May 12, 2022.

“We had a difficult time, but we owe it to the doctors and nurses and the effort they put in.

“You walk into a neonatal intensive care unit and they might have a dozen incubators in that room, and you know the ages of the babies, and you kind of get to know their parents.

“You walk in there the next day and you see it’s empty and you know it shouldn’t be. You live that with the families.

Twins Jasmine and Jack, as their father Ross Pollock aims to roller skate 1,000 miles to raise money for a neonatal charity where his twins spent months in hospital after being born prematurely. Date of issue: Thursday, May 12, 2022.

Specifically, Ross will be raising money for Ickle Pickles, a charity that helps provide critical care equipment that treats babies, including premature babies.

The data center manager estimates he has skated 5,000 miles in the past four to five years and will aim for an average of around 15 miles per day during his challenge.

“Doing 100 miles a week on skates takes you physically,” he said.

“It’s going to kill me, don’t get me wrong. I’m 48 this year, but I’m ready for it and I can’t wait.

“I’ll do it, I’m not starting something I can’t finish.”