Sheffield mum organises charity event for premature babies

Maxwell Tunney, newborn and how he is now
Maxwell Tunney, newborn and how he is now
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Sheffield Wednesday legend David Hirst will host a charity event to help parents with premature babies cared for in the city’s Jessop Wing maternity hospital.

The fundraising event, Laugh and Swing for Little Miracles, will include entertainment by comedian Jimmy Carol and swing musician Paul Pashley.

Alex Tunney with her father, John Tompkins

Alex Tunney with her father, John Tompkins

Organiser Alex Tunney is setting up the event in honour of her 11-month-old son Maxwell, who was born nine weeks early and spent five months in special care.

The 28-year-old said: “It was a difficult pregnancy. I nearly lost him after discovering I had appendicitis and had to have an operation. I almost had him at just 28 weeks.

“We owe everything to Jessop. Without the help of staff and nurses there, Maxwell wouldn’t be the strong little boy he is today.”

Some 240 guests will be treated to prosecco, a three-course Sunday lunch, £5 worth of gaming chips, a magic show, stand up bingo and an auction at the event on Sunday, November 22, at Genting Club in Sheffield city centre.

Alex and Mike Tunney with their son, Maxwell

Alex and Mike Tunney with their son, Maxwell

n For tickets, priced £40, email johntompkins@bcdltd.com