A MOTHER whose son was born prematurely at Barnsley Hospital is raising money for the Tiny Hearts Appeal.

Rachel Reeves' son Kayden-Jay, who was born at 29 weeks weighing just 2lb 4oz, spent almost three months in the hospital's special care baby unit before making a full recovery.

The Kendray mum, 27, put on a fundraising event several years ago and raised over £2,500 for the hospital's neonatal unit.

Now, she's doing it all over again.

She said: "I have arranged another charity event on March 21 to raise money for the Tiny Hearts Appeal. We have a sealed bids auction, raffle with fantastic prizes from local business and people."

Barnsley Hospital Charity's Tiny Hearts Appeal aims to raise £1 million over the next two years to help fund a brand new special care baby unit at the hospital.

The new unit aims to provide an even better standard of care for all the special care babies and the most comfortable environment for all families and staff on the unit.

Katie Cartwright, fundraising manager at the charity, said: "The new unit will make a massive difference to the lives of Barnsley’s special care babies and their families. An average pregnancy should last 40 weeks and when babies are born early it leads to a huge change in family plans.

"I encourage everyone to get involved with fundraising or to give what they can to support this great cause."