A NEW mum from Whixall has spoken of her gratitude towards organisers of the village's tractor run donating proceeds to a unit that cared for her unwell son.

Nichole Prichard's son Lennon – know as Lenny – was born three months prematurely at the Princess Royal neo-natal unit in April this year, receiving urgent care from staff there.

But she says she was also offered support from a charity called Bliss, who counselled her family during what was a difficult period and she is delighted the tractor run will be raising funds.

"As many are probably aware, but Lenny our son was born nearly three months prematurely," said Nichole, 31, who was full of praise for the Tractor Run.

"During this rollercoaster time, we were offered counselling and general support by the amazing charity Bliss. We were also offered things we never prepared for so early by the neonatal unit like breast pumps. All this including incubators, clothes, blankets etc are all funded by charity donations.

"Crucially the care of this unit is second to none. I owe my whole life to this unit and would really like to give something back.

"We are forever in their debt but if we can raise some money to help them buy more amazing things for these babies then it is a start.

"Also personally the support from Bliss was crucial as no one will ever understand the emotional turmoil parents go through in this situation."

Whixall Tractor Run will be held on Sunday, September 16, running at 10am from Charity Farm, in Welsh End, Whixall.

All are welcome; any enquiries or donations please contact Jillian Jarrett on Facebook. The run will finish at the Dog and Bull where food will be provided for participants.