Throughout 2022 we are raising money for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, which cares for babies born premature or sick.
This is a cause very close to our hearts. The daughter of our company directors, Andy and Sam, was born nine weeks early in 2017 weighing just 1lb 9ozs and was cared for at Southmead Hospital’s NICU for 64 days before going home.
As well setting aside a donation for every order we receive throughout the year, we are also taking part in fundraising initiatives and challenges. The biggest challenge will see our team of four abseil 100ft down the side of Southmead Hospital’s Brunel Building on September 11 in the hope of collecting as much cash as possible in the run-up to the event.
Sam said: “We will always be indebted to the wonderful staff at the unit. Not only did they care for our little girl but they looked after us as a family – supporting us as were thrown into the scariest of situations.
“The NICU relies on donations to provide better facilities for families and also to help fund certain new equipment. This is our small way of giving something back.”
Southmead’s NICU unit serves as a regional intensive care facility for a vast area of the South West as well as the more immediate Bristol area. It can provide care for up to 34 babies at any one time – this will range from those considered the most poorly requiring months of care through to those who need some additional, short-term support after being born.
While Government funding allows the unit to provide the required medical care to its patients, donations through the hospital’s charity enable the purchase of additional equipment as well as improvements to be made to the overall NICU environment. Donations collected for NICU this year will go towards projects including:
To make a donation in support of our abseil team, who will be taking on the challenge on September 11, please follow this link.