Midwives set for charity challenge

Midwives Louisa Lapworth, Susan Andrew Bruce,  Joanne Kirk, Jackie O'Neill, Michelle Paul and Helen Stevenson are taking part in Tiny Life's ladies challenge day this weekend. INNT 12-624con
Midwives Louisa Lapworth, Susan Andrew Bruce, Joanne Kirk, Jackie O'Neill, Michelle Paul and Helen Stevenson are taking part in Tiny Life's ladies challenge day this weekend. INNT 12-624con

A GROUP of midwives from the delivery unit at Antrim Area Hospital are taking part in this weekend’s ladies’ challenge day for premature baby charity TinyLife.

The event will see hordes of people travel from across the province and beyond to take part in the challenge day which involves wall climbing, raft building and orienteering in Castlewellan Forest Park this Saturday, March 23.

Midwife Louisa Lapworth, who is from Newtownabbey, said the group were looking forward to the day.

She said: “It will be all action and we can’t wait. But as well as it being a bit of fun, it will help raise vital cash for a really good cause.

“Working in the delivery suite at Antrim Area Hospital we see first hand the work of TinyLife and how it provides a vital life-line for families.

“TinyLife is the premature baby charity that is raising funds to support babies and families in neo-natal units and for when those babies get home. It also funds research into reducing premature births.

“As well as having that professional attachment to the charity, two of us, Jackie and Helen, gave birth to their children prematurely.

“Jackie’s twins, who are now five years old, were born at just 34 weeks and Helen’s son Joel was born at 26 weeks, he is now four, and they are all doing really well.

“So they have seen the work of TinyLife from an entirely different perspective.”

To support the midwives on the challenge, donate online at www.justgiving.com/Louisa-Lapworth-Was-Thomas.