Babygrow Appeal

Our Patrons: Lady Tamara van Cutsem, Julia Timpson & Louise Minchin

When the joy of a new baby is replaced with fear for their survival we want the very best facilities for the babies and their parents as they embark on their rollercoaster journey of care that may take months to reach a “happy ending”.

Our Neonatal Unit was built 40 years ago when the hospital first opened and is now outdated as medical advancements mean there is so much more life-saving  equipment in this very small space. The unit was built with babies and not parents and siblings in mind; parents looked through the glass windows and watched their babies being cared for. However we now know medically that it is critical for the wellbeing of babies to spend as much time as possible with parents. The new unit will be considerably bigger with more space around each incubator, a room for families and siblings and a room where we can discuss with parents the care needed for their baby and on occasion to deliver bad news.

Our charity exists not to replace NHS services, but to provide the “extras” over and above core NHS services by enhancing and improving facilities for our patients.

The Babygrow Appeal was launched to raise money to build a new Neonatal Unit that will provide better facilities and a more spacious environment for the babies and their families.

To date we have raised £1.75 million which demonstrates the public feeling and support the appeal has generated.

Christmas 2015 was very busy for the unit and the lack of space could be seen each day. 

With your support our aim in 2016/17 is to raise £550k which will enable work to commence on this urgently needed upgraded space

All babies need special care … some need it more than others!

Reaching our first Million for Babygrow...

1st May 2014 Thanks a Million! | DOWNLOAD PAGE (1328 KB)

We are always looking for people able to support this appeal by taking part in sponsored events, taking a collection tin, helping us with a supermarket collection or nominating us at their place of work to be the chosen charity of the year.

You can donate on-line with Just Giving here  

You can also donate to the Babygrow Appeal by sending a text to 70070 quoting BABY49 followed by a space and then £10, £5 or £1

If you would like any further information about the appeal, or want to discuss or email your fundraising ideas please ring our Fundraising Manager, Lesley Woodhead on 01244 364505 or email : lesleywoodhead@nhs.net