posted on 22 August 2013

The first ever Tommy’s Charity Midnight Walk in Wakefield will start from the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Saturday 14th September.

Ollie was the size of a rugby ball when he was born but on Sunday he led the team out alongside Danny Kirmond.

Wakefield couple Donna Edwards and her husband Dave are organising a 10km midnight walk for charity through the streets of Wakefield to help support other parents of premature babies after their own son Ollie was born two and a half months premature.

The walk through the city will take in Wakefield Cathedral, the Chantry Bridge, the River Calder and even the Westgate Run, giving all walkers a unique opportunity to view the city’s hotspots by twilight.

Tommy’s charity raises money to fund medical research into the causes of premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage, and provide a free information service that educates all parents-to-be about health in pregnancy. Premature birth, miscarriage and stillbirth effects 1 in 4 people.

Ollie, now five years old, was born the same length as a rugby ball – half the size of the average newborn baby and weighed the same as a bag of sugar. Ollie has suffered no lasting impact as a result of his early arrival into the world thanks to Tommy’s and the work they do to help babies.

Donna hopes the walk can raise funds to allow other families to have the same happy ending they did.

“The main reason we are trying to raise money for Tommy’s is to help prevent other parents having to endure what we did in those early days with a premature baby. Any parent knows what it feels like to hold your newborn child in your arms for the first time, so imagine the feeling when you are told that your baby may not last 48 hour as you gaze down at them.

“We didnt know if Ollie would survive, let alone not have any lasting health implications. We are thankful that Tommy’s research helped him grow strong, helped us learn how to deal with having a pre-term birth and also grateful that in 2 years, advances in their findings helped my daughter be born at term.”

Registration for the walk is £10 per person and includes a free Tommy’s t-shirt and a completion prize. Arrival is from 10pm with an optional fancy-dress theme of ‘Bibs & Bonnets’ and Cats Bar will be open.

Those wishing to take part can register by going to and clicking on ‘Start fundraising’ to register with Virgin money giving.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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