A Roelands family is raising awareness by walking in this month's Walk for Prems event.
Natalie Carver will complete 2017’s Walk for Prems on Sunday, October 29 in Perth alongside her mother, Sandra Bath, and her stepdad, Dave Bath, for team “Lexi”.
Ms Carver said she was inspired to take part as her daughter, Lexi, was born nine weeks premature.
“[It’s] to raise more money, I suppose, and to help in any way improve things and to make them better,” she said.
“Before I had her I wasn’t aware of how many premature babies there were, I knew nothing about premature babies myself, and then when I had her [I] learned there’s so many more people that are having babies that are born so early.
“When you go through your pregnancy you learn so much but you don’t think: ‘What if they come early?’, ‘What are the risks?’.”
Ms Carver and Mrs Bath have been asking around for people to sponsor the team ahead of the walk.
The pair have been walking every day ahead of the event.
Walk for Prems has become the Life’s Little Treasures Foundation’s largest annual event.
The charity has supported the families of babies born with illness or before 37 weeks gestation.
The eighth Walk for Prems will take place around Australia on the 29th, with the foundation aiming to raise $250,000.
The foundation has raised over $500,000 through the event over the past three years.
Find out more at www.walkforprems.org.au.