Alison and Duncan Kelly have never forgotten the debt of gratitude they owe to the staff of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, where their daughter, Hope, was cared for after her premature birth in 2011.

Hope is now a normal, healthy three-year-old but Alison and Duncan are continuing their fund-raising efforts with undiminished enthusiasm. A 10-mile ‘Walk of Hope’ from and to St. Peter’s at the end of September raised over £1,200 with more coming in for the hospital’s Early Births Fund. Fifty-four of Hope's friends and family participated.

The company Duncan works for, well- known building contractor Walter Lilly & Co Ltd, held a charity auction at a celebration dinner to mark their 90 years of trading and raised £4,550 for the fund.

Alison and Hope went to the unit earlier this month to present the cheques to NICU staff including Dr Tracy Lawson, who was Hope’s consultant for her first year of life.

Alison said: “I was really thrilled that Dr Lawson was there when I dropped the cheque off and that she is in the photo as she headed up the neo-natal team when Hope was born and was her consultant for her first year. We have everything to thank her for and so I was really pleased that she could see Hope again and see how well she is now doing.

“We are also very grateful to Walter-Lilly who, as well as raising all this money, were very supportive when Hope was born and when she was ill.”

Another fund-raising 10-mile walk is planned for later this month starting and finishing at St Peter’s. Donations of any size would be gratefully received. Go to:


The picture above shows Sister Caroline Cross receiving the cheque from Hope, with Dr Tracy Lawson pictured 2nd from right.