Grateful parents’ walk of thanks

Ian and Dawn Stephenson with twins Lica and Fraser, and Evan aged 8..who will be taking part in a fundraising cycle ride/walk  for the prmemntaure baby unit at the Jessop Hospital'Pic shows the tiwns in their cycle buggy...
Ian and Dawn Stephenson with twins Lica and Fraser, and Evan aged 8..who will be taking part in a fundraising cycle ride/walk for the prmemntaure baby unit at the Jessop Hospital'Pic shows the tiwns in their cycle buggy...
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ADORABLE twins Luca and Fraser are bouncing with life - but it was a different story when the tots were first born.

The cute pair spent six weeks in incubators at Sheffield’s Jessop Hospital after they were born seven weeks prematurely and needed specialist care.

Now their parents, Ian and Dawn Stephenson, are taking part in a sponsored walk and bike ride to raise money for Jessop’s Premature Baby Unit, where they were treated.

Ian, from Westwick Road in Greenhill, said: “The due date for the twins was July 2010, but they were born seven weeks prematurely.

“They were underweight, their lungs were not properly developed, and they needed to be tube-fed, so they needed help to get fit, healthy and strong enough to be discharged. All the staff in the unit were absolutely fantastic, they couldn’t do enough. I really can’t praise them highly enough.”

The boys will also be joined on the walk by their older brother Evan, aged eight.

Staff from Proaktive Group insurance brokers where Ian works, as well as friends and family members, have organised the sponsored walk and bike ride to try and raise £2,000 for the unit.

The walk takes place on Sunday, September 11, around Ladybower reservoir in Derbyshire.

It starts at 10.30am, and there will be a picnic afterwards.

The path around the reservoir is flat and suitable for pushchairs, so families will be able to take part in the event.

So far, around 50 people will be joining in on the day, but the family hope that more will continue to sign up.

Visit www.justgiving.com/AtkinsonSmithLtd to donate to the cause.