THEY had wanted to thank hospital staff for their care and support when a premature baby battled for life.
And now the money is in and a team of fundraisers’ efforts have exceeded all expectations, raising £15,000 for the neonatal units at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, and Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton.
Lorraine and Chris Blackburn co-ordinated the fundraising for the hospitals where their baby son Owen was cared for in 2009.
The tiny tot was born three months early and diagnosed with a hole in his heart. At just 12 weeks he suffered a fatal blood clot.
The Blackburns organised two sponsored walks – one last year and one this month – and a charity party. And their fundraising efforts are set to continue as they plan to raise at least £20,000 in total for the two hospitals.
Lorraine, 28, of Gordon Road, Waterlooville, said: ‘The care and support we received at both neonatal units was excellent and we just want to help make a difference. We can’t thank the staff enough.’