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Dad set to walk in memory of baby Megan

by JENNY MONROE

Mags with her daughter Megan.

Mags with her daughter Megan.

Mags and Barry White get ready for the walk for charityA MOIRA dad is to walk from Belfast to Craigavon to raise money for a premature baby charity, in memory of his late daughter.

On June 20 at 10am Barry White (38) will begin the 26 mile walk from the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital, Belfast to Craigavon Area Hospital via Lisburn, Moira and Lurgan in aid of TinyLife.

Following the death of their baby daughter Megan, who was born in September last year weighing just lib 2.5oz, the smallest baby in the country at that time, Barry and his wife Mags (28) decided that they wanted to raise money for TinyLife -the charity that provided them with much needed support when their baby was born.

Megan fought bravely for six months and four days before her lungs failed on March 30. The infant spent her short life between the Royal and Craigavon hospitals with her proud parents never able to take her home.

Tiny Life provided emotional and practical support during this time and Barry and Mags hope to highlight the plight of premature babies and raise much-needed funds.

Speaking about the walk Barry said: "Megan was such an inspiration. She was a wee smiler and a wee fighter. We feel blessed that we got to know her and privileged that she was part of our lives for six months.

"When Megan was in hospital I used to say that I might walk home to Moira some day but I never got the chance. Now I will get to walk and I'll be doing it for my daughter."

Mags, who gave birth early after being diagnosed with severe pre-eclampsia will be driving the support vehicle during the walk. She thanked everyone who has shown their support.

Mags and Barry holding Megan for the very first time. Little Megan who was born in September last year) weighing just lib 2.5oz.
Mags and Barry holding Megan for the very first time. Little Megan who was born in September last year) weighing just lib 2.5oz.

"I work for Lisburn City Council and the staff there have organised a table quiz to raise money and will present us with a cheque when we stop off at the Civic centre on our way through Lisburn during the walk. Dalton's have also been very generous and are providing sandwich platters for the walkers and a local businessman Linden Armstrong is going to provide a hot tub on the Friday night for the walkers to relax in. I would encourage anyone who is interested in joining us to come along and show their support for a worthwhile cause," she said.

Anyone who would like to volunteer their time by walking all or part of the route, or collecting at various locations, can do so by contacting Valerie in TinyLife on valerie@tinylife.org. Donations can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/meganswalk

jenny.monroe@jpress.co.uk

Ulster Star
30/05/2008