Thousands raised for hospitals in memory of baby Owen

HELPING OUT Fundraisers walked from Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton to QA in Cosham.    Picture: Malcolm Wells (110799-5090)
HELPING OUT Fundraisers walked from Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton to QA in Cosham. Picture: Malcolm Wells (110799-5090)

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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.’