Stepping out for premature babies

Pre - pic: Mothers going on a candle light walk for premature babies.''Pictured: Katie Tremayne, Sharon Fretter, Lindsey Websdale, Brandon Websdale, Sam Mucklow & Maggie Evans.
Pre - pic: Mothers going on a candle light walk for premature babies.''Pictured: Katie Tremayne, Sharon Fretter, Lindsey Websdale, Brandon Websdale, Sam Mucklow & Maggie Evans.
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A CANDLElit walk to support and represent premature babies across the district will take place this month.

A mother from Weedon, Lindsey Websdale, set up the walk across Daventry on November 17 for World Premature Baby Day.

So far, more than 50 people have agreed to walk so far in support of charity Bliss who aim to ensure babies born too small, too soon or very sick have the best chance of survival.

Mrs Websdale said: “My son Brandon was born five weeks premature and while he didn’t need so much care I saw babies who were so tiny and so sick that I really wanted to do something to help.

“Brandon did really well and I am lucky to have him here. He was born hyperthermic and had gone two weeks inside without being fed properly so he is a little miracle baby.”

Since Mrs Websdale created a Facebook page to publicise the event people in the district have been eager to support the walk.

Katie Tremayne, from Daventry, did not know Mrs Websdale but wanted to do something positive for the charity. She said: “My son Blake died in May when he was six weeks old because he was born 27 weeks premature.

“I wanted to do this walk to bring something positive out of something negative and if it is going to help out other people who have been in my situation then I want to help.”

Others from the districts whose babies were not born premature but were born with an illness or admitted to neonatal wards were keen to get involved as Bliss had supported them through their time in hospital with their babies.

Lisa Betteridge, from Daventry, said: “Bliss provide a lot of support in forms of literature, councillors and helplines and it is a charity set up to help those with sick babies as well as those born prematurely.”

The walkers will begin their route at 4.30pm on Saturday November 17 from Daventry Rugby Club on Stefen Hill and proceed down London Road and the High Street.

Daventry District Council has granted the group a street collector licence allowing them to collect sponsorship on route. The group will also be selling Bliss T-shirts and asking for a donation of £2 to take part in the walk.

For more information about the walk or to support the cause, visit www.facebook.com/LittleLights
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