Ride tribute to premature son

REMEMBERING: Taking part in the bike ride were, from left, Jenny Ward, Donna Bourne, Hayley Ward and Nikki Bourne.

REMEMBERING: Taking part in the bike ride were, from left, Jenny Ward, Donna Bourne, Hayley Ward and Nikki Bourne.

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A DETERMINED mum has completed a very personal tribute to the newborn son she lost after he was born prematurely at just 25 weeks.

Nikki Bourne, aged 29, from Upton, was devastated when her “beautiful baby boy”

George died just 12 hours after being born in the neonatal unit at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

But she was overwhelmed by the fantastic support she received from staff at the hospital, and wanted to do something in return.

She strapped on her helmet and took on a demanding cycle ride of more than 40 miles from the hospital back to her home in Upton – the journey little George never got the chance to make.

She was flanked by her sister Donna and friends Jenny and Hayley Ward, while her partner Paul Lewis stayed close behind in a support car, and arrived back in Upton in a faster-than-expected four hours 45 minutes.

“It was quite emotional at the start but once we got going it was really good fun,”

she said. “It was hard work but there is a real sense of achievement and it is nice to feel that you have done something that is going to make a difference to people.”

With donations on the ride itself Miss Bourne has now raised close to £1,300 for the hospital, well in excess of her initial £1,000 target. And there is plenty more to come.

“We have all decided we will do something different every year to remember George and to raise some money for the neonatal unit,” said Nikki. “This year it was quite small and personal, but I think next time a lot more friends and family will join in with us and it will become something bigger.”

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