Baby unit help in­spires climb

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Neighbourhood News - By MATTHEW REVILLE matthew.reville@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et_reville

A MOTHER from Yax­ley who ex­pe­ri­enced a pre­ma­ture birth will climb the York­shire three peaks to raise money for chil­dren who are born early.

Lian Stevens (50), of Lan­caster Way, Yax­ley, will lead a group of col­leagues and friends on a mis­sion to scale Wh­ern­side, In­gle­bor­ough and Pen-y-ghent at the end of the month.

She is un­der­tak­ing the chal­lenge to raise money for the Peter­bor­ough’s Spe­cial Care Unit, a cause dear to her heart be­cause her son Zak was born pre­ma­turely when she was 27 weeks preg­nant. The unit pro­vided such good care that Zak sur­vived and 26 years on is now a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Lian, who works for Green­stones Ac­coun­tants in Lynch Wood, Peter­bor­ough, wants to help other moth­ers whose ba­bies are born pre­ma­turely to have the same pos­i­tive out­come.

She said: “Back when Zak was born, it was very detri­men­tal when a baby was born be­fore 27 weeks.

“The care was next to none and it is im­por­tant that more is done to help chil­dren who are born pre­ma­turely.

“I have done lots of fund-rais­ers for the Peter­bor­ough Spe­cial Care Unit in the past, es­pe­cially in the late 1980s and 1990s. We have raised £15,000 over the years and although we have not made any tar­gets we hope to add to that.

“Un­for­tu­nately, the weather has been mis­er­able when we have been do­ing our train­ing, but we have still gone out.

“We did a 17-mile trek around Rut­land Water at the week­end. It took us five hours and it was pour­ing with rain but it’s all good train­ing.”

The three climbs will take place on suc­ces­sive days be­tween May 25 and May 27.

To spon­sor Lian and the group, call Carolyn Wit­tke on 01733 371180.

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