Gainsborough: Steve’s gruelling cross-country challenge set to raise funds for charity that saved his daughter’s life

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A Gainsborough man is set to sprint, bike and kayak his way across Britain to raise funds for a local charity that saved his young daughter’s life when she contracted meningitis.

Steve Tait said his life ‘changed forever’ this February when his 12-year-old daughter Francesca has a seizure at home brought on by the life-threatening condition.

Although an ambulance was deployed from Scunthorpe, arrangements had been made for the LIVES First Responders to attend- who arrived within minutes of making the call to emergency services.

Steve said: “It soon became apparent that Francesca was seriously ill and it was another 18 minutes before the ambulance arrived.”

“During those 18 minutes the Responders used all their knowledge skill and ability to keep Francesca alive having to perform CPR on her.”

“Francesca was taken to Lincoln Hospital and then transferred to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at The Queen Medical Centre Nottingham. She remained in ICU for 4 days and stayed in hospital for two weeks.”

“The meningitis caused Francesca to have a stroke and initially her prognosis was poor. But once she received the medical care she needed,she went on to defy everything the consultants and doctors said may happen, and is now well on the road to recovery.”

“Had the First Responder not been able to attend the outcome would almost certainly have been different.”

To say thank you to the LIVES First Responders, Steve will cross Scotland, England and Wales

The challenge began on Saturday 20th June when Steve ran 60 miles from Carlisle to Newcastle across Hadrian’s wall in 24 hours.

On Saturday 15th August, Steve will bike 170 miles from Prestatyn in Wales to Chepstow, again in 24 hours.

He will finish by running 21 miles, biking 82 miles and kayaking two and a half miles from Nairn to Ballachulish on Saturday 12th September.

You can help Steve reach his target by visiting his Justgiving page at

Alternatively, you can donate by text. To send £5, text XEWS55 £5 to 7007 or to send £10 Text XEWS55 £10 to 70070.