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Father's Day tribute to baby girl

Elain Aur Jones (picture:
Elain was born "perfectly healthy" and weighed 8lbs 4ozs

A father who lost his seven-day-old daughter to a bacterial infection has cycled 60 miles (96km) to raise money for the hospital where she died.

Elain Aur Jones died from Group B Streptococcus, which can develop into meningitis.

Her father Alun, 35, cycled from Anglesey to Flintshire on what would have been his first Father's Day.

Mr Jones, from Conwy county, said the response had been "fantastic" and he hopes to raise more than 10,000.

Little Elain was born weighing 8lbs 4ozs on 29 December 2007, but was taken ill a week later.

Her father Alun rushed her from their home in Cerrigydrudion, Conwy, to Glan Clwyd Hospital in Denbighshire.

She was cared for by "wonderful" nursing staff at the Paddington's children's ward, but died later that day.

Mr Jones, a butcher, said: "She deteriorated quickly. The staff were amazing, wonderful, but there was really nothing they could do.

"Elain had been perfectly healthy, everything happened very quickly.

Alun Jones (picture:
Mr Jones said he was determined to do "something positive"

"It was only after she passed away that we discovered she had got Group B Streptococcus."

On the day of Elain's funeral, Mr Jones and his wife Teleri, 31, organised a collection for Paddington's ward, and collected 1,500.

He added: "The response was amazing and I decided to do something myself, and now I've been joined by about 25 friends and family.

"It's going to be a very difficult day, but at the end of it, if I can turn something so negative into a positive to help other babies then I am ready for it.

"People have been unbelievable, and we've already got about 4,000 banked and sponsorship coming in left, right and centre.

"There is a company in France that makes machines that test for Group B Streptococcus, and they have sponsored us 500.

"I'm hoping we're going to be well into double figures."

Mr Jones left Menai Bridge, Anglesey, at about 0900 BST on Sunday and collected money at various points en route to Flint, Flintshire, where he arrived just after 1500.

Group B Streptococcus infects about 700 babies each year and kills around one in eight.


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