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Nottingham Neonatal nurse wins Healthcare Hero Award

Blog written by Lucy Dalgress, Community Fundraising Manager at Nottingham Hospitals Charity

In my role as Community Fundraising Manager I have the privilege of getting to know hundreds of individuals, families and groups of people who decide to raise money for Nottingham Hospitals.

Among these people are a whole host of dedicated NHS staff who work at our hospitals – and not only spend their days caring for patients, but also go the extra mile by fundraising for their patients in their spare time.

Last night one of our NHS heroes, Sarah Bray, was honoured at the Nottinghamshire Live Heroes Award, and was announced as the winner of the Healthcare Hero Award!

The awards took place on 10th November virtually and were presented by the BBC’s Mark Dennison, with the nominees present on Zoom.

Sarah Bray is a senior Staff Nurse at the Neonatal Unit at the City Hospital, and was nominated this year for her incredible fundraising efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic, which allowed families of current patients and graduate patients to join together virtually to celebrate the care they have received.

Sarah’s creativity and enthusiasm over this time has been second to none, and the Virtual Teddy Bear’s Picnic that took place on 11th July 2020 was a great success, raising over £1,000 for the Neonatal Units at City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre.

We are always so humbled when NUH staff choose to fundraise for their wards alongside their busy full time roles. Sarah’s enthusiasm and care for all of her patients and their families really makes a difference to many families’ lives at such a difficult time, and for that she is a true Healthcare Hero.

Sarah’s fundraising hasn’t stopped there – the Neonatal team are running a host of virtual events to mark World Prematurity Day on the 17th November 2020, including lighting up many of the buildings in Nottingham purple, to mark awareness of this very important day.

To read more about Neonatal’s World Prematurity Day plans, follow them on Facebook @NUHNeonatal or visit their JustGiving Page here