Windsor mum Steph Gillespie is looking forward to a special cream tea - with her husband Dan and the little daughter they both feared would never survive.

The Windsor family is supporting the annual fund raising 'cream teas' campaign organised by the UK wide children's charity Action Medical Research.

Steph, Dan and two-year-old Freya will be enjoying one of the thousands of cream teas in a box sent out by the charity each June.

The charity has a special place in Steph's heart. It has raised more than £190,000 to fund ground breaking medical research to help sick babies and children.

Freya was born prematurely three months early weighing just 2lbs 4oz after Steph developed a life-threatening pregnancy complication.

Freya’s delivery, by emergency caesarean section at just 27 weeks and six days, was complicated because she was so tiny but thankfully she was delivered safely.

Steph said: “She didn’t breathe for a little while. It was completely surreal seeing her when they wheeled her next to me. She was wrapped in a towel with a teeny tiny hat on her head and a huge oxygen mask covering her face.”

The first cuddle with tiny Freya was, Steph says, ‘amazing but terrifying’. Freya’s first months of life were a rollercoaster of encouraging progress and terrifying setbacks, including fears that a deadly bowel disease may take hold and with concerns about anaemia, the need for a blood transfusion. But little Freya recovered each time, gained weight, and was finally allowed home after nine weeks weighing 4lb 5oz.

Thankfully, she is now a happy, cheeky toddler.

You can order a cream tea and support the charity by visiting

Boxes cost £6.50 (with a minimum order of 10) and include two classic plain scones (Gluten free available), two Tiptree strawberry preserves, Yorkshire tea, knife and serviette.

The deadline for orders is noon on June 14, with deliveries direct to your door on Thursday, June 27.