The parents of a tot who survived against the odds after being born weighing just 2lbs are asking the Hartlepool public to back a fundraising campaign in his name.
Little Theo Dawes came into the world 10 weeks prematurely when he was born in October last year following complications during his mum Vicky Curry’s pregnancy.
While in hospital, he was kept in a special incubator and received respiratory care as a result of his lungs being premature and weak.
Thankfully, Theo, now aged eight months, is doing well at home along with Vicky and his dad Martin Dawes, 42, from Hartlepool.
The family have now organised a charity event to be held at Hartlepool Corporation Club at the end of this month to raise money for Sunderland Royal Hospital’s neo-natal intensive care unit, which helped to care for Theo.
Martin and Vicky hope to generate £21,000 which will go towards buying a new incubator and equipment for the unit.
To date they have managed to raise over £4,000.
Martin, who used to live in Ritchie Humphreys Drive in Hartlepool before moving to Sunderland last year, told the Mail: “We’re really grateful for everything the unit did to help Theo when he was first born and since then.
“Some people think because the unit is at Sunderland Royal that only people from that area need it, but parents from places like Hartlepool, Stockton and Gateshead have had to use it as well as us.
“People from all over the region benefit from it.
“We’ve raised over £4,000 so far and that’s off just two charity events we’ve done so far.
“We were getting asked when we were going to hold one in Hartlepool and now we are.”
Vicky, who is 39, said: “It’s been a really stressful time for us as people can imagine, but Theo is 31 weeks now and he’s getting better all the time.
“His lungs have developed well and now we’re hoping he’ll get stronger.
“Hopefully we’ll raise a fair bit from this next charity night and we can start to get more money to thank the people who worked so hard when he was born.”
The charity night in aid of the appeal takes place on Monday, May 29, at 7pm and will include performances from Blake Daniels, JJ Stevens and Paul Harrison. Tickets for the event, available from the venue or on the night, are £10 each and include a pie and pea supper.