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Celebrity darts match raises funds for special care baby unit

Friday, 21 July, 2017
Celebrity darts match raises funds for special care baby unit


A warm thank you to everyone at the Isabella pub in Blyth who raised £675.75 from a charity darts match with former world champion John Lowe to raise funds for the special care baby unit at The Northumbria hospital.

Ian Smith and daughter Terri presented the cheque to staff after Terri’s son Layton spent time in the unit when he was born.

This is the third year running that the pub has held a darts match to raise funds for the unit.  Ian said: “We wanted to do something to support the unit after the brilliant care Layton received when he was first born. The staff were absolutely fantastic and we can’t thank them enough.”

Jane Stirton, neonatal nurse practitioner, said: “The monies from this kind donation will be used to purchase ‘Miniboo’ baby comforters which are given to both mother and baby. These sensory aids help babies recognise the unique scents of their parents. This helps to create a comforting, soothing environment for their baby during this stressful time when parent and baby are separated and admitted to the unit. The rest of the monies will be spent on new syringe drivers which are used to help initiate feeding when infants are too unwell to feed by themselves.

“We cannot thank Terri, Ian and everyone at the Isabella pub enough for their on-going support for the families who use our unit.”