Bridget Walton

The last two and half years have been a huge emotional roller coaster for John, me and our families. Due to complications with my pregnancy in 2016 our daughter Zoe was born on 18th May. 11 weeks premature and weighing 0.898 kg, less than 2lbs. The hospitals and staff involved with her birth and first three months, were incredible and to see Zoe today, weighing 12kilos, and being a cheeky, smiley, active, very sociable and easy-going girl is the most wonderful thing. John and I feel strongly we would like to do something to show our huge gratitude.

We would like to raise money for “Positive Touch” part of The Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity which Supports Special Care Babies and Families while they are at Royal Surrey hospital and the money we raise will be used to buy ‘Buddy Day Beds” for the newly refurbished rooms in the SCBU. From the time we spent in SCBU we know how much difference, comfortable chairs/beds will make to the parents and family of the babies being cared for. Zoe spent two weeks in the Neo Natal ward of St. Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey and then spent 10 weeks at the Special Care Baby Unit (S.C.B.U.)

To raise the money we are taking part in the ‘Ride the London to Brighton Bike ride’ in September later this year, 54 miles We are going to ride on a tandem and the training has begun. Some of you may think a Tandem might be an easy option but we already agree with Boris Johnson and Jeremy Paxman that riding a tandem is very hard and it’s like being the back half of a pantomime horse !.

Having spent so much time in SCBU when Zoe was so tiny and helpless, John and I know how much difference these amazing Buddy Day Beds will make to the families of the babies being looked after. To have your support would be wonderful.

Bridget Walton