Brave little Heidi inspires college staff’s charity run

SP92438 Michelle Waring-Smith with daughter Heidi and the charity runners.
SP92438 Michelle Waring-Smith with daughter Heidi and the charity runners.

LITTLE Heidi Waring-Smith – who spent the first weeks of her life in hospital – has inspired a charity run.

Mum Michelle, a Chesterfield College sports lecturer, will step out with ten colleagues on the 10K Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield this weekend.

Their efforts will boost the neo-natal surgical unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where Heidi spent 11 weeks after being born two months prematurely with a twisted bowel that led to major surgery.

“At one point it was pretty much touch and go – they had to remove part of her bowel,” said Michelle, of Netherthorpe. “Really we just want to say thank you to the children’s hospital because the staff were fantastic.”

Despite spending the first four months of her life in different hospitals and intensive care units, Heidi came home at the end of November 2010 and is doing well. “At the unit she was in everything was provided and it was a massive help in a tough time,” added Michelle.

“Even if it can just buy a few nappies or clothes for the babies I’m sure every little bit will help.”

To sponsor the group doing the run call Michelle on 07846549326 or visit www.justgiving.com/Heidi-Waring-Smith