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Ashley Blakey and friend Kelly Bridgett raise over £1000 for our Special Care Baby Unit

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
Ashley Blakey and friend Kelly Bridgett raise over £1000 for our Special Care Baby Unit

Mum Ashley Blakey and friend Kelly Bridgett have been back for the second year to thank staff at the special care baby unit at Wansbeck General Hospital for the care Ashley’s son received after his premature birth.

Alfie, who has just celebrated his second birthday, was born on 9 April 2012 ten weeks early and weighing a tiny 2lb and 6oz. He spent the first two and a half months of his life being cared for by the specialist team at Wansbeck before going home for the first time in June 2012.

So touched by the care that she and her little boy received, Alfie’s Mum set about fundraising for the unit to celebrate Alfie’s birthday and thank the staff on the ward.

This year, friends Ashley and Kelly managed to raise over £1,000 for the unit, with fundraising activities including brave Kelly shaving her head to raise sponsorship.

Ashley, from Holywell said: “My whole family are so very grateful for the care that Alfie received here at Wansbeck.  He was born very quickly as I had an emergency delivery and Alfie had to spend ten weeks here. The staff were amazing and I can’t thank them enough for the exceptional care they showed us at a very traumatic time when Alfie was born.”

Now two years on, Alfie is progressing well and is a happy and healthy little boy with a bright future ahead.

Joan Oliver, ward manager at the special care baby unit at Wansbeck General Hospital, said: “We are delighted that Ashley and Kelly have raised money for our unit for a second year.

“It means so much to the team when the families and friends of babies we care for decide to raise money for the unit and we would like to thank them for their generous donation.

“All donations we receive go towards helping to improve our patients’ experiences of receiving their care with us.”

The donation is through Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright Charity which works hard to provide the extras that are not usually funded by the NHS but which ensure patients of all ages have the best experience possible in hospital.

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