Alison and Duncan Kelly have never forgotten the debt of gratitude they owe to the staff of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Peter's Hospital, Chertsey, where their daughter, Hope, was cared for after her premature birth in 2011.
Hope is now a normal, healthy three-year-old but Alison and Duncan are continuing their fund-raising efforts with undiminished enthusiasm. A 10-mile 'Walk of Hope' from and to St. Peter's at the end of September raised over £1,200 with more coming in for the hospital's Early Births Fund. Fifty-four of Hope's friends and family participated.
The company Duncan works for, well- known building contractor Walter Lilly & Co Ltd, held a charity auction at a celebration dinner to mark their 90 years of trading and raised £4,550 for the fund.
Alison and Hope went to the unit earlier this month to present the cheques to NICU staff including Dr Tracy Lawson, who was Hope's consultant for her first year of life and Sister Caroline Cross of the neo-natal unit.