Emilia Jayne was born on Christmas Day 2020, seven weeks premature weighing just 4lbs 5oz. On arrival at the hospital, Emilia’s mum was diagnosed with COVID-19 and, soon after her birth, Emilia also received a positive diagnosis. Not only did the Bolton NICU team provide an amazing level of clinical care to both Emilia and her mum, but they also provided incredible emotional and psychological support to the whole family during a particularly difficult and stressful time. It is this kindness and support that inspired Emilia’s Auntie Steph and her partner Alex to sign up for the Great North Run in aid of Bolton NHS Charitable Fund with all funds raised benefiting the Bolton Neonatal Unit.
On Bank Holiday Monday, Steph and Alex took part in the Vitality Virtual 10K and successfully completed their practice run in 1:21:32. They are continuing to train and hope to improve their time before the event in September.
Having already increased their fundraising target twice, Steph and Alex have their sights firmly on raising £1,000 as a thank you to the staff on NICU for everything they did for Emilia and the family. We are delighted to report that Emilia is doing well and according to Auntie Steph, ‘living life to its fullest’.
To keep informed of Steph and Alex’s progress or to make a donation, please visit Steph’s JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stephanie-waldron4?fbclid=IwAR2dVN7_vs2lpmZbwPRXxEDOZz63LurkIr45Gocu–qprh1NDf0R3ZexK1M.
Pictured above: Steph Waldron and Alex Knight at the virtual 10K finish line.