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Fundraisers visit site of new Leighton Hospital neonatal unit in Crewe
7:00am Saturday 10th August 2013 in News
FUNDRAISERS who have helped realise the dream of a new neonatal unit for Crewe have been able to see what their hard work will create.
Supporters and donors of the One in Eleven Appeal, by Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity, were invited to Leighton Hospital to view plans for the new unit and tour the space where renovation works are about to get underway.
When complete, the facility will be roughly double the size, located next to the labour ward.
During renovation works, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) is taking the opportunity to refurbish the maternity ward above – creating a first class facility for women and babies from antenatal to birth and beyond.
Tracy Bullock, chief executive of MCHFT, said: “The support for this project has been unbelievable.
“We would not be where we are now without the generosity of our supporters and every single person that has donated or raised money.
“It has been very special to welcome back some of these supporters to see how our plans are progressing and we hope they will return to see our brand new unit next spring.”
The existing neonatal unit accommodates up to 15 babies at any one time, but more space is desperately needed.
The new unit will still care for the same number of babies, but will provide far more room around each cot unit allowing families more privacy and dignity at such a difficult time.
There will be increased space for storing equipment and parent overnight accommodation – there are currently only two overnight rooms, but the new unit will have two single rooms and three double rooms.
It will also be temperature controlled and have better acoustics to reduce noise.
The One in Eleven Appeal raised £1.8m for the project thanks to the generous support of local residents, groups and businesses and an amazing donation of £1.5m from the Frank Hockenhull Trust.
Its target was reached 12 months ahead of schedule in March this year, which means work on the new neonatal unit is now progressing much sooner than hoped.
Laura Bailey, fundraising manager for MCHFT, said: “This is a very exciting time for us as work gets underway. We can’t wait to unveil our new unit to our local communities next year – without them this dream would never have come to life.”
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