Schoolgirl’s charity bike ride for baby unit

Bike Ride: Lawri Patrick, 11 with her sister Honey Patrick, eight months.
Bike Ride: Lawri Patrick, 11 with her sister Honey Patrick, eight months.

A schoolgirl rode five miles to raise cash for the special care baby ward that cared for her sister who was born six weeks premature.

Lawri Patrick, 11, set about her fundraising efforts after her sister Honey was looked after at the Kingsmill Hospital in Mansfield’s neo-natal ward.

Honey, now nine-months-old, weighed just 3lbs when she was born.

The girls’ mum, Danielle Swift, was in hospital being monitored due to pre-eclampsia when it was decided she needed an emergency cesarion.

After the operation mum and her newborn were transferred from City Hospital, Nottingham, to Kingsmill where they received one to one care.

Danielle said: “We were both lucky to survive and the fact we did is down to the amazing care we received.

“Lawri had heard me say we’d never be able to repay them for what they did for us so she decided she wanted to raise some money for them.”

Lawri, an Ilkeston School pupil, devised a five mile route for her bike ride and collected cash from family and friends raising a total of £120.

Danielle, who works at Fingertrix salon, added: “Lots of my clients gave money and supported her.

“Lawri really wanted to see what her money had helped to buy so she decided it should be spent on cot mobiles for the babies in special care and the rest went on tiny nappies.”

Lawri is no planning her next fundraising activity.