A big thank you to those who saved tiny Tilly

Siobhan Gawthorn with two-and-a-half year old daughter Tilly
Siobhan Gawthorn with two-and-a-half year old daughter Tilly

A mother whose daughter was born two months premature is running 100km to Stonehenge in aid of the charity that saved her life.

Siobhan Gawthorn, 31, gave birth to daughter Tilly on Christmas Eve 2011 at just 25 weeks by emergency c-section after suffering with pre-eclampsia.

The tiny baby was suffering from jaundice and weighed just 3lb 5oz before being immediately rushed to intensive care in Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.

She had help to breathe intially and spent five weeks on the hospital’s Silver Stars ward until she was allowed home for the first time.

Now aged two-and-a-half, she is partially deaf and her left lung is slightly smaller than the other which leaves her vulnerable to infections, but apart from that is like most other toddlers her age.

Siobhan, who lives on Penn Farm in Towersey, said: “She is so cheeky! She’s stubborn and determined. She knows what she wants.”

Now Siobhan is taking on a 100km run from Chinnor to Stonehenge on July 19 and 20 with best friend Tina Sexton.

The mum-of-one has been training in preparation but is still nervous about the challenge in which she aims to raise £1,000 for the charity which cares for women with difficult pregnancies.

She said: “Silver Stars do an incredible job, and without them I and so many other women wouldn’t have their babies, and that is a horrible thought.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/Siobhan-Gawthorn to donate.