3:31pm Wednesday 11th April 2012
MEMBERS of the Crewe and Nantwich Round Table have raised £2,000 to help vulnerable babies at Crewe’s Leighton Hospital.
Their efforts will help the hospital’s One in Eleven Appeal reach its £1 million target for a new neo-natal intensive care unit.
The money was raised through donations and events held throughout the year and was presented to Christine Cooper and Cynthia Parkinson from the Ray of Hope charity which has been providing knitted hats and clothes for babies on the neo-natal unit at Leighton for many years.
Ray of Hope has passed funds received from supporters to the unit over the years and has now pledged donations over the next two years to the One in Eleven Appeal.
Luke Regan, Round Table chairman, said: “We at Crewe and Nantwich Round Table see the great importance of having a neo-natal ward at Leighton and fully support the appeal.
“Many of us are fathers so we wanted to support the good work of Chris Cooper and her team as a way of saying thanks for the support they give to families at Leighton Hospital.”
Ray of Hope coordinator, Christine said: “We won’t stop supporting the appeal until they have reached £1m.
“This appeal is so important and we need to reach out to local people. It is their hospital, their babies are born here and it is their babies that may need the neonatal unit in the future.”
The Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity One in Eleven appeal aims to raise £1 million over the next two years to expand the neonatal unit and enhance facilities, providing more space and comfort for families whose babies are born prematurely.
Around 3,000 babies are born at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust every year and One in Eleven need additional support – ranging from a few hours of special care to a few weeks in an intensive care unit.
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