Midnight walk inspired by little fighter Ollie

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A little boy who came into the world fighting for his life after being born early has inspired a midnight charity walk.

Ollie Edwards was the same length as a rugby ball, and weighed just 1kg when he arrived two months prematurley.

His parents Donna and Dave have organised the walk for the charity that helped them cope in the weeks and months that followed.

The 10km walk from the Wildcats Rapid Solicitors Stadium at Belle Vue on Saturday, September 14, will raise money for Tommy’s.

Mrs Edwards, formerly of Wakefield, but now living in Leicester, said: “Any parent knows what it feels like to hold a newborn child in your arms for the first time, but when you know that your child may not live for more than a couple of days it’s a very difficult experience.

“In the early days we didn’t know if Ollie would survive, and we are raising money so that more parents and babies can have the happy ending that we have.

“We are thankful to Tommy’s for helping us learn how to deal with having a premature baby, and hope that their advice and research will prevent other parents from going through what we did.”

One in four women in the UK who get pregnant will have a miscarriage. Tommy’s funds medical research into premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage.

The charity provides advice and treatment through its publications, clinics and free helpline to help women have a healthy pregnancy.

Ollie, who was recently chosen to be the Wakefield Wildcats mascot, is now a healthy, happy five-year-old with a little sister called Evie.

The walk will start from the stadium , taking in the cathedral, Chantry Bridge and the Westgate Run.

Registration costs £10 each and includes a free Tommy’s T-shirt and a completion prize. There will be an open bar from 10pm and the event has an optional fancy-dress theme of Bibs and Bonnets.

Those wishing to take part should visit www.tommys.org/midnightwalks