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LISTEN: Harrogate fundraisers organise walk to mark World Prematurity Day

LISTEN: Harrogate fundraisers organise walk to mark World Prematurity Day

Published at 2:09pm 17th November 2017. (Updated at 10:06pm 17th November 2017)

A group from Harrogate are walking through the town tonight to mark World Prematurity Day.

Sian Striskiene's son, Alfie, was born 13 weeks prematurely:

She wants to help raise awareness and money for the charity Bliss, having gone through the experience she did earlier this year.

Sian told Stray FM what it was like when Alfie was born: "He was born two pounds, eight-and--a-half. 

"Due to his age, he couldn't breathe on his own, so he had be ventilated. 

"It's that awful feeling when your baby's born and you don't hear them cry, you automatically think the worst, but the Harrogate medical team were amazing and got him onto a ventilator within eight minutes."

Sian's niece, Imogen, was also born prematurely. 

The walk for Bliss is their way of showing awareness and that not all babies are born at the end of a pregnancy, like you expect:

Alfie with mum Sian born 13 weeks premature

Sian and Alfie

Alfie, born 13 weeks premature

Alfie shortly after being born

UPDATED:

The group have walked through Harrogate, covered in lights:

Sian's family, walking in Harrogate, for Bliss - world premature day

Sian's family, walking in Harrogate, for Bliss - world premature day

Sian's family, walking in Harrogate, for Bliss - world premature day

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