Grateful parents of premature babies cared for at Nottingham’s Neonatal Units gathered at City Hospital on Monday 22 December to wrap presents for premature and sick newborn babies who spent Christmas on the wards this year.
The present-wrapping was led by Sarah Draper and her husband Steven, who were joined by their six year old daughter, Ruby, who was born nine weeks early at City Hospital’s Neonatal Unit in March 2008. Each year since then, Sarah has raised funds through a variety of activities and used the money to buy Christmas presents for babies and their parents staying at the Neonatal Units at City and Queen’s Medical Centre.
This year, each of the 38 babies being cared for at both hospitals has received a teddy as part of a gift pack that also included clothes, hats and chocolates, plus wrist rattles donated by Nottingham Hospitals Charity. Sarah also donated £50 to the charity, which raises money to fund research and equipment for premature and sick newborns through its Tiny Babies Appeal.
Staff, parents and visitors to the Neonatal Units also received presents from the Draper family and from Samantha Rowson, whose daughter Jasmine was born at City Hospital in March 2014, weighing just 2 lbs 10 oz. These gifts included chocolates and hampers packed with a variety of festive treats.
To find out more about the Tiny Babies Appeal, please download the appeal leaflet here or call 0115 962 7905.