SIX months ago Yolanda Baird went through every parent’s worst nightmare – losing a child.
Just two weeks from the end of her pregnancy, she was told her unborn daughter had a brain tumour and may not survive birth.
But baby Daisy was born and spent five precious months with her mother and father Ade, before passing away at their home in Hayling Island.
Throughout the tot’s short life, the Bairds were supported by Clic Sargent, the children’s cancer charity.
Now Yolanda, is to say thank you by running 13 miles to raise money for the charity.
The 35-year-old, who is a nurse at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, said: ‘The charity were invaluable.
‘They offered lots of services but particularly helped us with things like financial advice and offered us a respite holiday, which unfortunately we couldn’t go on, but it was lovely to have been offered it.
‘I just want to give something back to them and say thank you for all they did.’
The Bairds were in shock when they were told there was something wrong with their unborn baby.
Yolanda said: ‘It was totally, totally out of the blue. Everything had seemed fine.
‘Then we had to be told that the medical staff didn’t think she would survive the birth – she could have lived or just minutes, hours, days.’
However despite the odds against her survival, Daisy was able to go home with her parents after her birth last August. But her family knew they could lose their little girl at any moment.
‘It was incredibly hard but we would still take her out whenever we could, as long as it wouldn’t cause her distress,’ said Yolanda.
‘We knew she would only be with us for a short time, and we wanted to give her the best little life she could have.’
The Bairds raised £900 by asking people attending Daisy’s funeral to donate money to Clic Sargent rather than give flowers. Yolanda raised several hundred pounds through a sponsored walk and hopes to raise even more next month when she takes part in the Bristol Half Marathon. You can sponsor her by visiting bmycharity.com/bristolhalf4daisy.