Cheryl Cran

Earlier this year our friends Rob & Sadie’s baby daughter, Sienna was born 4 weeks early weighing a tiny 3 pounds. As Sienna was so little, she was admitted to the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at The Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford. After 5 days in hospital Sadie was discharged without Sienna, who needed to stay in SCBU a while longer until she was strong enough to go home.

The support, care and love that the family were shown by all the nurses and volunteers during their time in SCBU was truly amazing. This is why I decided I had to support the Royal Surrey Hospital #ClosertoCare campaign, which aims to transform care for babies who are treated in SCBU. As is the case with many neonatal units around the country, parents with babies being treated in SCBU cannot currently stay overnight, due to limited space. It needs to raise £500,000 to redevelop SCBU, so that parents can stay, next to their babies’ cots – putting them at the heart of their babies’ care and giving vulnerable newborns the very best start in life.

My youngest daughter, Lucy was premature and spent 5 weeks in the SCBU at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital and I understand only too well how awful it is as a new mum to go home and leave your baby in the hospital.

Therefore, on Saturday 12th October 2019, I'll be taking part in the epic 8 hour long spin marathon at the fabulous CYC:D Fitness Studio in Haslemere ( I am being joined by my husband Mike, and our great friend Simon Pilkington. The rules are that we can only leave the bike for loo breaks!

Please sponsor us to support this amazing campaign which will make such a huge difference.

Cheryl Cran