A Wearside mum touched by the kindness of a charity after the birth of her premature baby is calling on people to get behind a fundraising walk.
Sarah Hagan’s son Aaron was born four months early, weighing just 1lb 7oz in 2012.
He was not expected to survive after he suffered an infection and heart problem while fighting for his life on a ventilator.
Sarah, 40, from Farringdon, received support from charity Bliss throughout her ordeal, and hopes to be able to give something back after stepping in to help organise this year’s torchlight walk in Barnes Park.
The event has in the past been organised by nurse Cheryl Burgess, from Sunderland’s neo-natal unit.
However, this year, Sarah has taken on most of the organisation due to Cheryl’s busy schedule.
It is such an important event and one where people can pay tribute and to celebrate all our little miraclesSarah Hagan
Sarah, who is also mum to Harry, two, said: “It is such an important event and one where people can pay tribute and to celebrate all our little miracles.
“The Sunderland buddies group, which offers support to families of premature babies, started the walk.
“The group offers people the chance to talk about their feelings, how their child is progresing and any needs that they feel are not being met. Bliss is a charity which is so close to my heart and when Cheryl needed help to organise the event, I couldn’t say no.”
The torchlight walk will take place at Barnes Park, Sunderland, on Tuesday. People are being asked to meet at the Coach House, which is staying open to provide refreshments for the event, at 6pm.
Those taking part are being asked to make a £5 donation per family to the charity, and can bring their own lighted candle to carry in the name of their premature baby.