A CHEADLE pub hosted a Family Fun Day to raise money for the hospital ward which helped save the life of a premature baby.
The event on Easter Sunday, April 20, was hosted by The Lamplighter in Tape Street, Cheadle, to raise money for the University Hospital of North Staffordshire's Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit in honour of baby Madison Emery.
The event was organised by landlady Jo Tinsley who is friends with Madison's parents Danielle Cash and Jonathan Emery and featured a charity darts tournament, bouncy castle, face painting, special appearances by Peppa Pig and Superman, a disco and a magic show.
To further help boost the funds, four local men also volunteered to have a leg and chest wax.
Madison Emery was just 10 inches long and weighed only two pounds when she was born 12 weeks premature.
She was so tiny and prone to infections that it was three weeks before her mum Danielle Cash was even allowed to hold her.
The two-month-old, an emergency Caesarean delivery, has spent her entire life in hospital, battling her way through several blood transfusions and a meningitis scare.
Now Danielle and partner Jonathan Emery are preparing to welcome Madison home while raising cash to thank the medical staff who saved their daughter's life.
Danielle, of Attlee Road, Cheadle, said: "When she was born she looked so fragile.
"I was discharged three days after giving birth and it was horrible having to leave her at the hospital.
"That's why I am so excited at the thought of her coming home finally."
Madison was born at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire on February 20 and has been cared for at Stafford Hospital since being transferred there on April 1.
She had not been due until May 13 – but medics were forced to deliver her early after Danielle was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia during a routine check-up.
She said: "I told the midwife Pam that my fingers and feet were swollen and when she did a blood pressure check it was sky-high.
"There was also protein in my urine so she immediately sent me to the hospital.
"The next day I was told by doctors that my baby's heart rate was slowing so I would need an emergency Caesarean section in the next hour.
"I was in shock because up to then, everything had been fine.
"I started panicking and I called Jonathan who was at work in Bolton to come to the hospital straight away."
But even after she was safely delivered, Madison still faced a number of obstacles.
"Madison has been through so much since she was born including several blood transfusions, " said Danielle, a receptionist at the Alton Towers Hotel.
"Because she was premature her immune system hadn't developed properly so she was constantly picking up infections. At one point the doctor thought she had meningitis but luckily the results came back negative.
"It was amazing getting to hold her for the first time when she was three weeks old.
"She has really come on in the last few weeks and now weighs 3.8 pounds, which is nearly double of when she was born. I can't wait to show her off to everyone."
Doctors are delighted with Madison's progress and the couple expect to take her home this week.
Proud dad Jonathan Emery, aged 22, said: "It has been really hard for Danielle because she worries about Madison all the time but we're really excited that she's coming home soon.
"I'm really proud of Danielle for having organised the event along with the pub landlady Jo Tinsley.
"Without the care of the staff Danielle and Madison wouldn't be here today."