CAMPAIGNERS are taking steps to raise awareness of their bid to bring full maternity services back to Huddersfield.
Supporters of the MOMS (Move our Maternity Services) campaign will between them walk 37,000 feet around Greenhead Park on Sunday.
The distance is roughly the same as that from Huddersfield Royal Infirmary to Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.
Consultant-led maternity services were moved from HRI to Calderdale last August, despite major public protests.
The MOMS campaign was organised by Alanna Delahaye and Glynn Bates, of Coombe Road in Golcar.
They lost their daughter, Maisie Bates, last September after last-minute complications with the pregnancy.
Alanna, 22, had been due to give birth at the Huddersfield Birth Centre, but had to be taken to Calderdale when late tests revealed Maisie’s heart rate was dangerously low.
The little girl survived the birth but was severely brain damaged because the oxygen supply to her brain had been cut off as a result of her umbilical cord being tightly wrapped around her.
Alanna and Glynn took the decision to take her off life support on September 11.
They believe she would have survived if Alanna had been able to go to HRI to give birth and launched the MOMS campaign to put pressure on Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust to return consultant-led services to Huddersfield.
The couple are expecting more than 20 people to join them for Sunday’s walk.
Alanna, who is pregnant again, said: “We’re calling the event 37,000 feet for two little feet.
“We are trying to keep the issue in the public eye, it’s the only way to keep the pressure up.
“We are still angry about what happened to us and we want to try to make them see that the decision was wrong.
“We’ll be walking the equivalent distance of pregnant mums having to be transferred from HRI to Calderdale.
“It’s a way of illustrating just how far you have to go if there’s an emergency.”
A MOMS group set up on the social networking website Facebook has more than 6,300 members and a petition launched on the 10 Downing Street website has been signed by more than 2,000 people.
About 50 people attended a vigil for Maisie held outside HRI in January.
Walkers for Sunday’s event will meet at the entrance to the park at the junction of Trinity Street and Park Avenue at 11am.
There will be face painting for children. Everyone is welcome.