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Little Sheffield fighter is inspiration for hospital cash quest

Melody Peaks, right,  is raising money for the Jessop Wing where her daughter Georgina was born prematurely.
 She is seen with Georgina and Georgina's aunt Fiona Garrett.

Melody Peaks, right, is raising money for the Jessop Wing where her daughter Georgina was born prematurely. She is seen with Georgina and Georgina's aunt Fiona Garrett.

Little fighter Georgina Peaks – who was born weighing just more than a bag of sugar – has inspired a fundraising mission.

As a premature baby she spent the first three months of her life battling back to full health in Sheffield’s Jessop Wing hospital.

Now she is aged four, her mum Melody wants to repay the dedicated staff who ‘saved her life’ by raising money for the special care baby unit.

And the story has inspired dozens of amateur photographers in the city to boost the cause by donating their work to be auctioned off online.

Melody, of Frecheville, said: “Georgina was born when I was six months pregnant and weighed only 1.15lb - she was in hospital for three months and weighed 5lbs when we left.

“When you look at her now you can’t believe it - I was scared to take her home because there were no wires attached.

“She is brilliant and is one of the lucky ones as she has come out fine apart from being a bit smaller than others her age.

“It was an emotional rollercoaster but now I am ready to thank the unit and the Little Miracles support group which helped so much.”

More than 30 photographers have offered to donate their work after Melody posted a request on the Facebook page Pictures of Sheffield Old and New.

Other businesses are also supporting the cause by offering prizes ranging from golf vouchers to toys.

Money raised at the charity auction will help provide equipment for premature babies and improve a waiting room for parents like Melody and Georgina’s dad, Tony.

Meldoy, aged 42, added: “We are hoping to raise about £1,400 in a year which will hopefully go towards more equipment for the unit and something simple like a coffee machine for the parents’ waiting room.

“You spend a lot of your life in there as the parent of a premature baby, so it would be good to make it more comfortable.

“We were so pleased with the reaction from the Facebook page, I wasn’t expecting anything like that.

“Everybody has been really keen to help which is wonderful.”

The auction starts on Saturday, April 26, and runs until May 4.

For more details, or to bid, search for Sheffield Special Care Baby Unit - SCBU & Little Miracles on Facebook.

 

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