A solicitor from a Norwich raised almost £1,500 for premature babies after cycling 77 miles from Cambridge to Norwich with her law team.

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Jane Stockings, a partner with Hansells Solicitors & Financial Advisers, based in the Cathedral Close, decided to raise the money for the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital’s Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit after her and partner’s Mark Scott daughter, Ava, was born six-and-a-half weeks premature, weighing just 4lbs 11ozs.

She spent her first eight days in the unit, so the Frettenham couple decided they wanted to show their appreciation.

Ms Stockings said her and her partner, executive in the firm, said: “Were so impressed”.

She said: “Sometimes it seems you don’t know where all the money is going [when you donate to charity] but with the NICU centre we were very pleased to give to a local centre.”

She added: “So much effort goes into keeping the babies alive. The doctors and nurses show so much empathy and are professional and caring at the same time. They are so devoted and dedicated.”

The Cambridge to Norwich bike ride started at Coldham’s Common in Cambridge, passing Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Kenninghall and Wymondham, finally ending at Earlham Park in Norwich.

Another partner at the firm, who date back to establishment in Norwich in 1827, Tim Eagle, also took part, he said: “What’s amazing is we did a total of 720 miles between us and there wasn’t a single puncture or breakdown.

“It was such a good atmosphere and a great feeling of camaraderie. We all felt a real sense of achievement.”

Jill Wakley, NICU manager said: “It was a pleasure looking after Jane and Mark’s daughter Ava when she was on our unit.

“The money will go to help other pre-term babies who need our support”.

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