Parents’ first Mother’s Day is twice as special

Corinne with her twins Preston and Blake
Corinne with her twins Preston and Blake

A SEAFORD mum whose twins were born three months premature celebrated an extra special Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Corrine Crawley, 24, and her husband Matt, 23, were delighted to discover they were expecting not one, but two babies when they went for their second scan.

Twins Preston and Blake

Twins Preston and Blake

Unfortunately, babies Preston and Blake arrived 29 weeks early and were delivered by emergency Caesarean on January 25.

They have needed round-the-clock care at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital since their birth and still haven’t been released from hospital.

The past few months have been extremely challenging for the family but they have been able to stay close to the twins by staying in a house provided by fast food giant McDonalds.

On Sunday the new parents, of Sutton Park Road, celebrated their first ever Mother’s Day in the comfort of the Brighton facility which is a stone’s throw away from the hospital where their bundles of joy are being looked after.

Speaking last week Corrine said, “The twins arriving so early was a huge shock but we are over the moon about becoming parents.

“When we were referred to Ronald McDonald House Brighton it was such a relief because I knew that it was going to be impossible to make the daily journey to the hospital when neither of us could drive.

“Staying at the house has meant that I can spend as much time as possible with the twins and Matt can come and spend time with us when he’s not working.

“The team who work at the house have all been so supportive and meeting other mums in similar situations has been a great source of comfort and I hope I’ve made some friends for life.

I am really looking forward to Mother’s Day when we will spend the day with Preston and Blake, my sister and my mum who will be celebrating her first Mother’s Day as a grandmother.”

Ronald McDonald House Brighton is one of 14 houses across the UK run by Ronald McDonald House Charities, an independent charity which brings the parents of sick children together when they need it the most.