A GRIEVING Aberystwyth man will cycle 320 miles in memory of his baby girl who died just five days before Christmas.
The Cambrian News reported “Ian Picken and wife Katie are still coming to terms with the death of their 12-week-old daughter, Seren, who had a rare mitochondria disorder.
During Seren’s final days, the couple received help from The Sick Children’s Trust and now they want to raise more than £5,000 for them in her memory.
In August Ian, 32, and 13 members of his family and friends, will cycle 320 miles from Aberystwyth Pier to Clacton Pier – in Katie’s home town – and then to Great Bentley where the Pickens live and where Seren was able to spend some time at home.
Aberystwyth born and bred, Ian will be joined by locals including his brothers Paul and Sion, his uncle Mike Blair, cousins Chris and Ian Blair, and family friends Matthew Toy and Daniel Maguire, as well as three of Seren’s godfathers and three of Ian’s friends from away.
The cash raised will cover the cost of a family room for six months at Addenbrooke’s Hospital for parents to be able to stay close to their children while in the hospital, as the Pickens did when Seren was there.
They will also organise a sponsored walk in Aberystwyth later this year.
When their little girl was born at Colchester Hospital on 22 September 2017, there was no sign of her condition. Six weeks later her cries changed, her movements became jerky and she would become stiff.
Colchester Hospital ran tests which revealed a disorder of the mitochondria. Seren was unable to break down food to turn protein into energy.
Her condition stabilised and she was allowed to go home, but Seren developed apnea and on 10 December was readmitted to Colchester.
“The staff there were all amazing,” said Katie.
“They tried new medication, they had her on monitors and fed through a tube for safety.
“She developed a chest infection so they were now treating this too.
“On Saturday, 16 December, Seren’s apnea increased. She was sedated, put on a ventilator and transferred to Addenbrooke’s.”
It was there that a neurologist delivered devastating news.
If you would like to donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/inmemoryofseren or text SSCT88 to 70070″ here.