SCBU mums organise St Ives clothes sale

TWO mums who have suffered the torment of watching their newborn sons fight for their lives in hospital will be raising money for The Hunts Post’s New Life Appeal on Saturday.

Friends Tomas Liuni Cox and William Tatham are fit and healthy now, but both faced a struggle for life when they were born premature.

William, now aged six, was born 13 weeks premature and weighed just 2lbs 6 ounces. He spent three days in an incubator and had serious heart problems.

Tomas, five, was born ten weeks early and weighed 2lb 15ounces. He was cared for at Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) for eight weeks.

The two are now classmates at Eastfield Infant School in St Ives and their mothers, Filly and Nikki, have joined together to raise money for families who are going through similar experiences.

Nikki, an occupational therapist, said: “It was a difficult and emotional time, but the staff there are exceptional. They are very nurturing. You are going through a difficult time. Things are very uncertain, but they are very good at making you focus on the day to day.”

On Saturday they are holding a ladies and children’s charity clothing sale. All proceeds will go to the New Life Appeal which raises money for SCBU and the hospital’s maternity ward.

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Both mums have raised money individually for the hospital before. Filly has raised more than �2,000 towards the unit through a sponsored half marathon, 10 mile walk and a silent auction of promises.

The mums organised a charity toddler disco last year and were keen to work together again.

INFORMATION: The clothing sale will run from 2pm to 4pm at Eastfield Infant School. Entry �1. All donations will be gratefully received. There will also be a cake on the day. To find out more e-mail Filly on