The Lilyroo Fund was established in March 2014 by Kristie and Pete Lockyer to celebrate the short but perfect life of their daughter Lily by raising funds for the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne NISC unit and raising awareness of premature birth.
At 23 weeks and 2 days into Kristie Lockyer’s pregnancy, her waters unexpectedly broke. Up to that point Kristie had enjoyed a normal healthy pregnancy. Four days later on March 26th 2014 at 11:43am, Lily Mary Lockyer was born weighing just 558g.
Despite the world class care of the Newborn Intensive and Special Care (NISC) unit at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, Lily was born too young to lead a long and healthy life.
Just one day later, Lily’s parents, Kristie and Pete made the difficult decision to say goodbye to their beautiful daughter.
Kristie says that words cannot describe the level of care and compassion that her family and friends received from everyone at the Women’s. What was at face value a tragic time for Kristie and Pete ultimately proved to be a very special and beautiful one as they were able to hold, bathe, spend the night with and get to know their first born child.
Nicknamed Lilyroo by her eldest cousin, Lily’s legacy will live on through the Lilyroo Fund and ensure that preterm babies and their families receive the same incredible care and compassion that Lily and her family received at the Women’s.