Teams pull together ‘In Memory of Maggie’
13 June 2012
A group of South East Coast Ambulance Service
student paramedics are joining seven other teams in a charity
ambulance pull in memory of a baby who sadly lost her fight for
survival after being born prematurely.
Baby Maggie, daughter of Rich and Lauren Compton
was born 15 weeks early at 24 weeks and five days at Royal Surrey
County Hospital in Guildford and required 24-hour care after being
transferred by SECAmb’s Neonatal Transfer Service to the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey. Despite
battling hard, Maggie very sadly passed away after 19 days.
Rich and Lauren decided they wanted to give
something back to the hospital and help other parents who also go
through the upset of having premature babies. The couple set up ‘In
Memory of Maggie’ and organised the ambulance pull between Royal
Surrey Hospital and St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey to raise money
for Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Early Births Fund.
The student paramedics who are studying at
Surrey University and their fellow teams will take turns to relay
pull the neo-natal transfer ambulance along the 12-mile route on
Sunday 24 June.
Rich Compton said: “The Early Births Fund is
very close to our hearts and although we did not have the
opportunity to leave the hospital with our new born, we still had
19 very special days with our beautiful baby girl. It is thanks to
the staff and the equipment at the hospital that this was made
possible for us.
“It was through the quick organisation of the
Neonatal Transfer Service that Maggie was conveyed to St Peter’s
Hospital under their brilliant care where they are more equipped to
deal with critically-ill babies. Services like this generally go
unnoticed in everyday life until we really need them.
“The ambulance pull should be a fun and
challenging event. It’s a somewhat ridiculous idea which has turned
into a reality. We’d love people to come and cheer on the teams and
really appreciate if people can dig deep and just give as much as
they can. Every single penny really does make a huge difference to
many little lives and to the lives of parents who go through the
same as us. We’re also doing the Three Peaks Challenge in September
and Lauren and her sister will be participating in the Great South
Run in October.”
SECAmb’s student paramedic team
consists of Josh Thornton, Marni Horton, Sam Dixon, Siwan Thomas,
Helen Bedford, Sam Vickers, Rachel Fenn, Tyler White and Andy
Josh Thornton said: “When we heard about this
local event we soon gathered enough names to form at team. It’s a
cause we’re all really passionate about and we’re honoured to be
involved and to be joining other members from the local community
to raise money for the hospital’s Early Births Fund.”
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/inmemoryofmaggie
or text IMOM99 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070.
Alternatively cheques can be made payable to ASPH Charitable Fund
(Child) and sent to St Peter’s Hospital with a covering note
referencing ‘In Memory of Maggie.’
For more information please visit http://www.inmemoryofmaggie.org/