Premature baby mums walk for neonatal unit

Re Pressed from get Surrey authored By Becky Middleton  October 03, 2012

MOTHERS of premature babies have raised £10,000 by walking 50km for St Peter’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on Saturday.

Back row from left: Emma Upton with Claudia, Jo Eversley with Roman, Emma Shoosmith with Evelyn, Karen Archer-Burton with Florence, Annabel Tunbridge with Grace, and Caroline Chandler with Ronnie. Front row from left: Nell Rodriguez with Genevieve, Lorraine Parker with Dylan and Sarah Middleton with Ollie

The children of Sunbury mum Emma Upton and her companions were all given life-saving care in the unit, inspiring them to take on the daunting distance.

The Thames Path Challenge started near Putney Bridge, west London, and followed a gruelling route along the river, finishing near Runnymede Pleasure Grounds.

The group had been training together for several months, both with and without their prams, and took between 10 and 15 hours to complete the distance.

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Ms Upton’s daughter Claudia was born three months early, weighing just 1lb 14oz.

“The staff and the ward were amazing,” she said. “We are all forever indebted to St Peter’s.

“All 10 of us completed the 50k walk and now have about that many blisters between us, if not more.

“It was a difficult challenge, but worth it for the amazing work St Peter’s neonatal unit provides.”

Baby Claudia is now nine months old and doing well.

The 10 mothers were supporting the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Early Births Fund, which raises money for the neonatal unit.

Donate to the team by visiting www.justgiving.com/Karen-Jo-Caroline-Emma-Annabel-Emma.

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