A COUPLE whose baby son died in hospital after being born prematurely, aims to raise as much money as possible for the charity which supported them.
Kerry Knight-Baker, 39, of St Helen’s Road, gave birth to baby Cieran at 24 weeks. Cieran was transferred to the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, where he spent six-and-a-half weeks before sadly losing his fight for life.
Cieran would have been six this year, and Kerry’s husband Martin, 44, a keen cyclist, recently rode 102 miles in his son’s memory, to raise money for charity The Earlybirth Association, which offers support to parents of premature babies and raises money for the Trevor Mann Baby Unit.
Martin completed the first ever Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on August 4, in five hours 29 minutes, knocking an hour off his best time for that distance.
Kerry was waiting at the finish line, and said: “It was our way of being able to give something back. They were always there for us.
“To get to £1,500 would be amazing.
“Every penny helps premature babies and their parents.”
The cycle ride took in part of the route made famous by the road race and time trial events at last year’s Olympic Games, and organisers aim for it to be the largest charity cycle event in world.
So far Kerry and Martin’s fundraising total stands at just over £1,100.
Of that amount, £350 was donated by Martin’s company Menzies Distribution, in Eastbourne.