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Sisters help raise £1,200 for neonatal care unit

Published 15/08/2014

The mother of a premature baby has helped raise more than £1,200 for a Royal Derby Hospital baby unit.

Chantelle Watson and her sister Laura Colson put together an event including a bake sale, raffle, story corner and face painting, and held at Pentrich Vilage Hall.

In total, the day raised £1239.25, which will be donated to the Friends of the Baby Unit – a charity which raises funds and awareness for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the RDH.

It was the second year running the two sisters had held the event, raising £800 the previously.

This money will be used by NICU to fund equipment used to help, and in many cases save, sick babies in the area.

Some of the equipment needed includes heated cots, phototherapy lights and specialist mattresses.

Event organiser Laura said: "This is a cause which is very dear to my heart as my niece Ava, who was born eight weeks premature, was taken care of by the charity for five weeks.

"Now, a year later, she's well and healthy and my family are indebted to the hospital for all of their help and support.

"I am really pleased that so many of my colleagues helped support the event by buying raffle tickets."

Last Modified 15/08/2014