North Kent mums walk for neo-natal ward at Darent Valley Hospital

PUBLISHED: 10:36 01 August 2011

Pics of mum Frances Hyde and 18 month year-old son Luke with friends

Pics of mum Frances Hyde and 18 month year-old son Luke with friends


When Luke Hyde was born 18 months ago he was just three pounds four ounces, around half the average weight for a newborn.

Thanks to maternity staff at Darent Valley Hospital he was taken into the neo-natal ward and after three weeks was allowed to go home with mum Frances and dad Darrell, and is now a fit and healthy toddler.

Mrs Hyde, of Trevithick Drive, Dartford, is among several grateful mums who will show their thanks to the hospital and staff who saved their new born babies with a walk to raise money for the Little Buds charity which fundraises for the unit.

She said: “He wasn’t early but I was told my placenta was failing him and when he came out he was tiny. During those three weeks I got to know a few other mums with children also in the ward and we all felt the staff there were fantastic so we wanted to do something to say thank you.”

The team of six mums with their young children will set off from Bexleyheath and travel through Crayford and Dartford to make it to Darent Valley Hospital on Sunday.

The walk is the first in a series of events they will run to raise £17,000 needed for a new incubator.

Maternity nurse Geri Colborne-Lillie, said: “We are so grateful as any fund-raising such as this helps to provide life saving but very expensive equipment.”

To get in touch and sponsor the walk call Mrs Hyde on 01322 400 392 or visit

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