On 17 November 2017, World Prematurity Day, one Lymm family raised £2,600 for Warrington Neonatal Unit by doing a sponsored walk from Warrington Hospital to Lymm.
Kate and Simon Barber’s daughter, Beth, was born 12 weeks premature, weighing just 2lb 12oz. She was born in St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, but was transferred to Warrington Neonatal Unit when she was two weeks old and spent two months there before going home just before her due date.
Kate explained: “We will be forever grateful to the incredible staff at Warrington Neonatal Unit and as we approached Beth’s first birthday, we wanted to do something to raise awareness of the work they do. About 60,000 babies are born prematurely in the UK each year and the care they receive in neonatal units has a huge impact on the rest of their lives”.
Kate added: “Beth spent six months on oxygen treatment after she came home. During that time, we regularly needed to use an oxygen monitoring machine and there is currently only one for the whole of Warrington. We will therefore be using the funds raised to buy an additional machine for the unit”.
The family were helped by Kids Planet Lymm, which Beth’s older brother, Elliot, attends. Kids Planet Lymm donated the proceeds of their summer fair to the cause and the company kindly increased the donation to £1,000. Clare Roberts, Chief Executive of Kids Planet, said: “Raising the money towards the oxygen monitoring machine for Warrington Hospital’s Neonatal Unit is an amazing achievement by Kate and her husband Simon. We are thrilled to have been able to support this and be part of something that is so local to us in Lymm and know it will make a huge difference in the neonatal unit.”
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