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Superhospital couple raise £1,450 to say thank you for their care

Published 27/10/2015

A couple who featured on the ITV Superhospital programme giving birth to their daughter have raised almost £1,500 for the Royal Derby Hospital.

Viewers watched as Alison and Alan Staley welcomed baby Seren, who was delivered by caesarean section. Just 10 months earlier, the couple had experienced the tragic loss of another daughter, Lyra, who died hours after she was born prematurely.

As a result of her difficult pregnancies, Alison spent almost a year under the care of the fetal medicine team at the Royal Derby Hospital, and she and Alan decided they wanted to do something to say thank you for the care and support they received.

They settled on holding a children’s disco called Little Stars – named for the two girls whose names are star-related. The event, at the Wesley Hall in Melbourne, raised £1,450 for Derby Hospitals Charity.

Alison said: “We’re absolutely over the moon with the amount. We didn’t expect to raise anywhere near that amount of money.

“The fetal medicine team have looked after two of my pregnancies, so it’s important to us that the money we have raised goes to them.”

The couple, who also have a five year-old daughter named Brooke, handed over the cheque to consultant obstetrician Kara Dent, who looked after Alison through her pregnancies with Lyra and Seren, who will soon celebrate her first birthday. Her role is to look after women who are likely to experience problems through their pregnancies.

She said: “It’s amazing that Alison and Alan have raised so much. It’s an outstanding amount. It’s lovely that it will go to towards helping other babies in similar positions and with similar problems. It makes it all worthwhile when you see little ones like Seren.”

Alison and Alan have also teamed up with Melbourne-based Dandelion Stationery, which has created a card in memory of Lyra. A portion of the price of each card will be donated to Derby Hospitals Charity. 

Superhospital couple raise £1,450 to say thank you for their care
Last Modified 29/10/2015