When Amy Bennett was born ten weeks premature weighing a tiny 2lbs 10oz in 2003, her parents Andrea and Malcolm, of Sutton, were thrown into an unfamiliar world as their new baby spent eight weeks in neonatal care.
History then repeated itself when two years later – on Amy’s second birthday – Jamie was born eight weeks early weighing 4lbs 3oz.
And while Amy, 10, and Jamie, 8, are now fighting fit, it was charity Bliss that gave them the help and support they needed – and the family are now raising money to say thank you.
Andrea said: “Bliss is a charity that helps babies that are born too soon. The charity means a lot to us as both Amy and Jamie were born premature on the same day two years apart.
“I don’t know what I would have done without them. The second time was horrendous. “It was just emotional and traumatising.”
One in every nine babies in the UK is born premature or sick. Bliss works to provide support and care for families in the situation.
Andrea added: “All the great help and support we received while they were in neonatal and special care could not have been possible without Bliss.
“There is a need for this support out there. I just feel as though a lot of premature baby groups need support and they just get overlooked.
“They need support more than anyone because they do so much for people.”
The family have so far organised cake sales and car boots to raise money. Malcolm ran two half marathons and will be running the London marathon next year.
Andrea added: “So far we have raised £700 but we want to raise a lot more.”
To donate to Malcolm, visit justgiving.com/malcolm-bennett1.