Year 5 pupils at Seely Primary and Nursery School in Sherwood, Nottingham, have raised more than £500 for the Tiny Babies Appeal run by Nottingham Hospitals Charity. The children and their teacher wanted to do something to mark World Prematurity Day, which raises awareness of the 15 million babies that are born prematurely each year.
The pupils decided to hold a ‘Wear Purple for Prematurity’ day on 26 November and raise money by asking people to sponsor them for wearing purple clothes instead of their usual school uniform. In total, £515.72 was raised for the Tiny Babies Appeal, which cares for around 1,000 premature and sick newborn babies receiving treatment at Nottingham’s Neonatal Units each year.
Year 5 teacher at Seely School, Emily Pantry, comments: ‘As well as raising money through out non-uniform day, we also sold decorated gingerbread, which was kindly donated by Tesco. I wanted to raise awareness and funds for the Neonatal Units at Nottingham’s QMC and City hospitals after receiving such fantastic care and support after having my son, Billy, 13 weeks early. Thank you to all of the staff who helped us!’
To find out more about the Tiny Babies Appeal, please download the appeal leaflet here or call 0115 962 7905.