On Wednesday 6 March 2024 we welcomed Sam Hodgson and his son Flynn, now 6 1/2 years old, who spent the first 6 months of his life in hospital.
Flynn was born in Darent Valley Hospital (DVH) at 25 weeks gestation and after a few hours in Walnut Ward where he was stabilised, Flynn was transferred to the Oliver Fisher Unit at Medway.

Flynn returned to Darent Valley and spent 4 months on Walnut Ward (with many trips to the London hospitals!) Flynn was discharged on home oxygen in November 2017 and was treated as an outpatient with the Outreach team. He finally kicked home oxygen in 2020.
To say thank you for Flynn's care Sam took on the 3 Peaks Challenge, walking to the peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours. In doing so Sam raised an incredible £2,500 for both the Oliver Fisher Neonatal ICU at Medway, and our very own Little Buds Fund to benefit the special care of babies at Darent Valley Hospital.
Thank you Sam and Flynn - it was so lovely to see you and your family, and seeing how proud you are of your new little brother!