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Tragedy inspires mother to hit road in aid of hospital

By Jordan Reynolds | Hednesford | Health | Published:

A mother and her friends and family will be walking almost 20 miles from Hednesford to New Cross Hospital and back to raise funds towards a special incubator for the unit where her late son was treated.

Pamela Harvey, right, will lead the 20-mile walk in memory of her son Louis

Pamela Harvey, 43, lost her baby son Louis last September after he was born prematurely at 25 weeks and suffered a series of serious illnesses before dying at just 52 days old.

Louis was treated at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s Neonatal Unit.

Mrs Harvey and her group will be walking from Louis's resting place in Hednesford to the hospital and back on Saturday – which is also the first anniversary of his death.

After starting a Facebook page called "Because of Louis", Mrs Harvey has begun fundraising to buy a Giraffe Omnibed Incubator for the neonatal unit, a target of £30,000.

Mrs Harvey said: "We're trying to raise £30,000 which is for a Giraffe Omnibed Incubator, it's a state-of-the-art incubator and allows more access for the parents and for the medical team and leads to other medical advantages.

"A few of us are a bit nervous about the walk now as it's coming up and we're not athletes or anything so it's going to be a challenge for us.

"Without the walk we've already raised about £2,500.

"I've been supporting other families as well that have lost their children, it's like a full-time job but hopefully it will be worth it."

To donate, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/becauseoflouis

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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