My sister Katie was born 16 weeks early and was cared for in the NICU in Plymouth's Derriford Hospital in the UK.

Although I was only six years old at the time I have fond memories of visiting my sister and of the great care she, and my family, received during her short life.


Over those four months I spent a lot of time at the hospital with my parents; I remember being allowed to touch Katie whilst she was in an incubator, and I remember the first time I got to hold her.

I would help change her nappies, and the staff would lend me uniforms for me to play dress up. Unfortunately at just four months old, Katie caught a virus that she was unable to survive. 
 

I will forever be grateful to my parents for their strength and love towards me during that time, but I am also grateful for the kindness and support the staff showed towards my parents.
 

Shortly after Katie's death my parents organised a fundraiser to buy equipment for the NICU in which Katie was cared for.

As I've got older I come to appreciate how essential this equipment is for the nurses and doctors to continue their great work in caring for these very special babies, and I too have wanted to find a way in which I could contribute.

And that is why I'm running for RFPB this year.

Millie Deighton