Teams pull together in memory of Maggie

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After losing her prematurely born baby 19 days after giving birth an ex Horsham District resident has organised a charity ambulance pull.

Baby Maggie, daughter of Lauren - who used to live in Slinfold - and Rich Compton, was born 15 weeks early at Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford and despite 24-hour intensive care at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey, Maggie sadly passed away.

Rich and Lauren set up ‘In Memory of Maggie’ and organised the ambulance pull between Royal Surrey Hospital and St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey to raise money for Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Early Births Fund.

The Reliance Team and their fellow teams will take turns to relay pull the neonatal transfer ambulance along the 12 mile route on Sunday 24 June.

Rich Compton said: “The Early Births Fund is very close to our hearts and although we did not have the opportunity to leave the hospital with our new born, we still had 19 very special days with our beautiful baby girl.

“The ambulance pull should be a fun and challenging event. It’s a somewhat ridiculous idea which has turned into a reality. We’d love people to come and cheer on the teams and really appreciate if people can dig deep and just give as much as they can.”

To donate visit or text IMOM99 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070. Alternatively cheques can be made payable to ASPH Charitable Fund (Child) and sent to St Peter’s Hospital with a covering note referencing ‘In Memory of Maggie.’ For more information please visit

Contributed by South East Coast Ambulance Service.