Three members of national trade body the British Edible Pulses Association (BEPA) have presented staff at the QMC Neonatal Unit with a cheque for £11,675, raised at the Association’s annual dinner in November 2016.
BEPA President Chris Collings and Vice President Franek Smith were joined by former President Paddy Barrett and Paddy’s daughter Melanie, to hand over this extremely generous donation.
BEPA chose to fundraise for the Nottingham Hospitals Charity Neonatal Appeal after Melanie’s daughter Amaya was born 16 weeks premature with chronic lung disease. Amaya continues to receive treatment at Nottingham Children’s Hospital.
800,000 babies in the UK will need specialist care in hospital every year – one in nine babies. Nottingham’s Neonatal Units care for more than 1,000 babies every year, treating tiny patients from across Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and often further afield.
Donations to the Neonatal Appeal help to enhance care and facilities for tiny patients and their families from across the Midlands – providing new state-of-the-art equipment, funding research to improve care for patients, improving facilities and giving essential support to parents and families who have premature and sick newborn babies being cared for at the Neonatal units.
Mary Palframan, Family Support Sister at the QMC Neonatal Unit, said “We are so grateful to the members of the British Edible Pulses Association for such an incredibly generous gift. Donations like this support the Neonatal team in delivering excellent care to our families – providing equipment, improvements to parent accommodation, and other facilities and services that help to make this very long journey better for babies and families.”
Chris Collings, President of the BEPA, added, “We’re very glad the money our members raised has gone to such a fantastic cause. It was so special to visit Nottingham Children’s Hospital and to see all of the wonderful work being done by the really great team at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”
Nick Lawford, Fundraising Manager at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, continued, “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of BEPA members. The money raised at the annual BEPA dinner will have a hugely positive impact – it will make such a difference to young patients and their families at the Neonatal Unit. Thank you so much.”
BEPA is the trade association representing the processors and users of British-produced pulse (mainly combining peas and field beans) crops. 2016 was the International Year of Pulses, which the Association spent encouraging the consumption of home-produced pulses by promoting their value as healthy, high-protein and high-fibre foods.