A dad is preparing to take on a 50-mile cycling challenge to raise money for the hospital unit that miraculously saved his baby daughter’s life.

Adrian and Gillian Neill feared the worst when, just two days after she was born, Maisy, now six and a half months, was rushed from Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford to the specialist neonatal intensive care unit at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in February.

She had suffered meconium aspiration - ingestion of first faeces - which led to a collapsed lung, and also developed the infection Group B streptococcus.

More commonly known as Strep B, it is a bacteria carried by a large number of women that can be passed onto newborns during labour and can prove fatal.

Mr Neill, 37, of Deerleap Way, Braintree, and a team of friends and colleagues from Braintree-based Solar Graphics, are taking part in Holmes & Hills 8th annual charity bike ride from Halstead next Sunday.

To donate, visit justgiving.com/teams/neill