Sadie & Rob Elford

Earlier this year our 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 I was discharged without Sienna, who needed to stay in SCBU a while longer until she was strong enough to come home. The hardest thing I have ever had to do was to go home without my baby, it felt like I had left a piece of my heart behind.

The support, care and love that Sienna, her Daddy and I were shown by all the nurses and volunteers during her time in SCBU was truly amazing. This is why we decided we 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.

Therefore, on Saturday 12th October 2019, we'll be holding an epic 8 hour long spin marathon at the fabulous CYC:D Fitness Studio in Haslemere ( 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.

Or why not join us for the 8 hour challenge?!
Interested? then please email us at - [email protected]
(The recommended fundraise amount is a minimum of £450 for the full challenge)

To read more about our training journey, why this is so important to us and regular updates about our fundraising then please check out our blog! -

We will be forever indebted to everyone in SCBU who cared for Sienna. We can never truly repay them for all their support and guidance during a very scary time, but we can make a small contribution to thank all the nurses and volunteers at Positive Touch who help so many other families just like us every day.

Sadie & Rob Elford