Hatfield baby overcomes challenging birth and swims for charity

Left: Phoebe with her mum Hannah and dad Dan Atkinson. Right: Phoebe swimming at Hatfield Swim Centre. Picture credit: Water Babies.

Left: Phoebe with her mum Hannah and dad Dan Atkinson. Right: Phoebe swimming at Hatfield Swim Centre. Picture credit: Water Babies.

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An 11-month-old Hatfield baby who suffered a challenging start to life is now swimming to raise money for a charity that supported her parents through a difficult time.

Phoebe swimming at Hatfield Swim Centre. Picture credit: Water Babies.Phoebe swimming at Hatfield Swim Centre. Picture credit: Water Babies.

Phoebe, who was born on August 16, 2016, weighing 5lbs, 10z and needing specialist care, is now part of Water Babies swimming class at Hatfield Swim Centre and is fundraising for Tommy’s.

The charity Tommy’s provides support to families experiencing miscarriages, stillbirths, premature births and pregnancy complications, and funds cutting-edge research to help save babies’ lives.

Phoebe’s dad Dan Atkinson, 33, won Tommy’s Doting Dad Award earlier this year after being nominated by his wife Hannah, 30, who is a staff nurse in endoscopy.

The couple suffered a miscarriage at seven weeks, and five months later found they were pregnant again.

Phoebe swimming at Hatfield Swim Centre. Picture credit: Water Babies.Phoebe swimming at Hatfield Swim Centre. Picture credit: Water Babies.

It was a difficult pregnancy, resulting in health complications for Hannah and then an elective caesarean section at 37 weeks.

After Phoebe was born Hannah then suffered a womb infection and was unable to leave her bed.

To raise money for the charity the tiny tot will be swimming a length and going through a hoop on Tuesday, July 18, with her mum by her side and the Water Babies swimming class.

Hannah said: “It is very exciting to be splashing with her to raise money for Tommy’s.

Phoebe with her mum Hannah and dad Dan Atkinson, of Hatfield.Phoebe with her mum Hannah and dad Dan Atkinson, of Hatfield.

“This is a charity very close to our hearts having experienced miscarriage personally with our dear Lovelet.”

Dan said: “We are delighted to be supporting Tommy’s together with Water Babies this year as they seek to raise £1 million. “The money we hope to raise will help provide access for 60,000 couples to attend the Tommy’s National Centre for Miscarriage Research and help them realise their dream of having a baby.”

To donate visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Atkinson

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