A schoolboy from Abington and his three sisters conquered wind, rain and hail when they cycled around Pitsford Reservoir to mark the fifth birthday of their baby brother, who died a week after being born prematurely.
Barney Kentish, aged 11, and his sisters – Abby, 9, Molly, 7, and Chloe, 4 – cycled the 7.5 miles to raise money for the neonatal unit at Northampton General Hospital, which looked after baby Jasper before he died in 2009.
The four completed the cycle last Thursday morning despite the harsh weather conditions.
Mother, Leanne, said: “They got soaked, bless them.
“Little Molly was unwell but insisted on completing the challenge. They were very motivated to complete their challenge for Jasper and encouraged each other all the way.
“Jasper’s birthday is a sad day for all of us every year so we take the day off and spend it as a family. The bike ride this year was Barney’s idea and he managed to raise £150 in just a few days for the neo-natal unit. I am one very proud mummy.”
The Gosset neonatal ward at Northampton General Hospital admits around one in 10 babies delivered at the hospital and took care of baby Jasper when he was born at 27 weeks. As normal pregnancies last from 37-42 weeks, babies born before 37 are considered premature.
The youngest Kentish sister, Chloe, also spent more than two months at the ward when she was born at 28 weeks.
The Gosset ward is a registered charity but, due to funding, it can only admit babies born at less than 34 weeks and can only care for babies born later than that who need specialist intesive care.
To help Barney and his sisters make a bigger donation to the ward, contact Tiny Horizons Day Nursery in Moulton on 01604 642705.