Lord Mayor of Nottingham Councillor Mohammed Saghir will host a ‘thank you’ afternoon tea for 28 families who have raised more than £27,000 for the Neonatal Units at Nottingham’s Hospitals on Friday 18 November to mark World Prematurity Day.
Councillor Saghir – who himself experienced the heartbreak of losing his son at three months old after a premature birth – chose Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Neonatal Appeal as one of his nominated charities this year.
Among 120 guests attending the event in the Dining Hall at Nottingham’s Council House, will be parents with children themselves treated on the Neonatal Units.
Councilllor Saghir says: “When deciding which charities to support during my year in office I wanted to choose one which would reflect my personal experience of having a premature baby so decided to support Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Neonatal Appeal. It will be a pleasure to welcome so many supporters to afternoon tea at the Council House.”
Equipment funded through Nottingham Hospitals Charity includes a specialist cerebral function monitor which monitors babies’ brain function – giving medical teams crucial information which guides treatment. The Charity also funded refurbishment of the parent’s sitting room and Transitional Care bedrooms at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and continues to provide complementary therapies to parents and carers to help them cope in very difficult situations.
Heather Nelson, Family Care Co-ordinator at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), says: “I am greatly looking forward to joining families and colleagues with the Lord Mayor on Friday afternoon. It’s going to be a celebration of a small but significant community of people who have journeyed together supporting sick and premature babies. We are grateful and honoured that the Lord Mayor has made the Neonatal Service at NUH one of his charities of this year.”
Among attendees will be fundraiser Jeff Coulson, who has this year run 400 miles and raised more than £1,000 for the Neonatal Units where his son Oscar was treated, and John and Rebecca Bennett who raised more than £2,600 to say thank you for the care their daughter Lucy received after being born 16-weeks early weighing just 570g.
Also present will be Jayde Potts who with four members of her family ran the Robin Hood Marathon, so far raising more than £1,200. Jayde’s son Alfie was treated on the unit for severe jaundice.
After the tea, Hospital Assistant Chaplain Arthur Shivas will invite families to light a candle in memory of children who have passed away at the units.