“Over the last year we have made a great group of friends that have babies and young toddlers”, organiser Kate Dyer explained. “As well as Jake (her son) having a lovely bunch of playmates, the support that we’ve gained as parents has been invaluable.
Many of the babies in our gang were either born or received care at Treliske, with some requiring emergency C-sections and others spending time in the neonatal unit.” Because of this, “raising money for BABA seemed like the ideal opportunity to thank the hospital staff for the care we received and to celebrate our friendship”.
Kate’s son, Jacob, was himself born at just 29 weeks and 2 days as he was not growing properly inside his mother. She was admitted to hospital at Treliske with preeclampsia, but after a week it was decided Jake was too small to be cared for in the neonatal unit, so Kate was transferred to the more specialist unit at Derriford, with Jake arriving just the next day. After spending a month at Derriford, Jake spent a further six weeks in Treliske’s Neonatal Unit before being discharged with oxygen and a feeding tube.
The date of the group’s walk coincided with the day that Jake turned eighteen months old, and – despite a mixed weather forecast – as they pulled into the car park the sun was shining. After stopping for a lovely lunch, however, the heavens opened for the return journey. Nevertheless, with babies well protected under rain covers and parents under rain coats spirits remained high and the group finished their trek rather wet but having had a very enjoyable few hours!