Fun day to thank charity for support after son’s ordeal

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A mother whose son was born after just 28 weeks of pregnancy is holding a family fun day to thank the children’s charity which provided invaluable support as he fought for life.

Kelly Hill’s baby boy Joseph developed a rare bowel condition called necrotising entero -colitis – which damages the digestive system – after being born weighing 2lb 10oz.

He spent 10 weeks in hospital after lifesaving surgery and Kelly, from Mallard Way in Great Cornard, was able to be by his side throughout thanks to the Sick Children’s Trust. The charity provided a room in Chestnut House at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, where Kelly and her partner Patrick Bloomfield could stay.

On Saturday a fun day featuring bouncy castles, face painting and bungee run, will take place at AFC Sudbury in support of their work.

“There are still a few bits and pieces to organise but everything is going well,” said Kelly, 35. “We are hoping for around 150 people, but it really depends on the weather.”

Kelly, who had Joseph – now 10 months old – after six cycles of IVF, has already raised £1,000 for the charity through raffle ticket sales and donations and hopes for more during the event, which runs from 11am to 4pm.

“It is very reassuring to have that,” she said.