• Author: Nichola Aldridge
  • Date: Monday 22nd April 2019

Lieutenant Commander Scott Hamer, a Staff Officer at Britannia Royal Naval College, will be among those pounding the streets of London this Sunday (28 April) to support two organisations that saved his baby daughter.

Scott has signed up to take part in the London Marathon and will be raising money for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales and 'SCIPS' – Special Care Infant and Parent Support.

In 2017 Scott and his wife, Felicity’s daughter, Alba, was born at 28 weeks, weighing just 3lbs 1oz.  Scott said: “We were both extremely scared of the unknown, in what was an extremely emotional time. After the medical staff had put her on breathing apparatus, we were allowed a brief minute before she was taken away by the medical team. A few hours later we were able to see her again. She spent the next nine weeks of life in the neonatal unit. She wasn't much bigger than my hand with wires and tubes covering her, with a monitor constantly beeping by her side - but she was feisty and determined.”

At four weeks old Alba stopped breathing and it was due to the experience, quick thinking and care provided by the expert medical team at the hospital, that she made a full recovery from a life-threatening infection.

Scott said:  “Alba will not remember her experience in hospital but we will never forget it. She is about to turn two and continues to amaze and amuse every day.  We are eternally grateful for the care, treatment and support the unit provided for her - and for us.  I am raising money so that the parents and other babies born early like Alba get to receive the specialist care they need - and deserve - so that they all get to go home.”

Scott did his officer training at BRNC in 2008 and since his return to the staff at the College has been responsible for planning the Officer Cadets’ six-week initial sea acquaint.  He has previously taken part in the 145-mile Grand Union Canal Race as well as the Paris, Bahrain and Newport Marathons, raising money for Cancer Research UK and the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

The 37-year-old said:  “Training has gone really well around the hills of Dartmouth so I am optimistically aiming for a sub 2:58 personal best in London.”

Anyone wishing to show support for Scott can do so online at:

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