Overwhelming support for baby boy’s race night

The parents of a premature baby boy are holding a race night to thank the hospital that helped them through a “harrowing” period.

George Gooderham was born six weeks early in February, 2012, weighing just 4lb 4oz.

His parents, Dave and Sarah, from Station Road in Long Melford, spent several anxious weeks in West Suffolk Hospital’s neonatal unit while their son built up enough strength to be allowed home.

On Saturday, the couple are holding a race night to raise money for a bereavement room at the hospital.

The event at the Red Lion pub is Steeple Bumpstead will also draw to a close a charity auction the pair have been running.

“When George was first born it was a scary time,” said Mr Gooderham.

“He was our first child together and we were very worried, but the hospital was incredible.”

Auction items include a week’s stay in a Normandy holiday home and a signed England football shirt.

All funds raised will help with the creation of the Jasmine Suite, where parents who have suffered the loss of a baby can receive support.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received for the race night and auction,” said Mr Gooderham.

“We went through a harrowing period but we were fortunate and George is happy and healthy.”

The race night begins at 7.30pm. For more details, go to georgegooderhamracenight.blogspot.co.uk.