STUDENT midwives from the University of Southampton will be putting their best foot forward this summer when they take part in the Twins Trust Walk for TTTS.

Midwifery Society President and third year student Simone Dove is keen to specialise in multiple births and signed up her colleagues to raise funds for the charity, which is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to improving the lives of families with twins, triplets or more.

“I have always been interested in twins and passionate about mums receiving the best birth experience possible,” Simone said.

Simone will be walking with Jana van Gent (Vice President); Jenni Thompson (Welfare Rep); Daisy Owens (Welfare Rep); Anna Constable (Treasurer); Sarah Barker (Events and Fundraising Coordinator); Priscilla Yankey (Merchandise Rep) and Sam Perry (Social Secretary).

The team have been on the hunt for a scenic location with Bournemouth Bay looking a promising option for their challenge on Sunday August 8.

They are hoping other student midwives will join them for the fundraiser for life-saving TTTS (Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome) research being carried out at St George’s Hospital in London.

“It wasn’t a difficult decision”, says welfare rep Jenni, “multiple birth rates have risen in recent years and further research, particularly surrounding the complexities of monochorionic pregnancies is definitely needed. Daisy agrees adding: “I was looking for a 10k to do this year so when this fundraiser was mentioned it felt perfect.”

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