Santa calls in on Sheffield's tiniest patients to deliver Christmas Sacks
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Jessops Hospital provides thousands of families with ongoing support through all stages of pregnancy. With more than 7000 babies born at Jessops each year, the unit cares for 800 critically ill and premature babies. The number of tiny patients requiring the unit’s specialist support is increasing and many more children are being transferred to the hospital. It’s vital that 24 hour care is provided to the families on the unit so that they can receive the help they need to get through the stressful period of caring for their newly born child. Although the care that the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides is outstanding, the festive period can be a very difficult time for the families struggling with ill and premature babies.
Sheffield Hospitals Charity (SHC) is the official NHS charity that helps patients being treated for almost every condition across all of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals sites. Investing over £2 million a year in patient and family support, pioneering research, new equipment, supporting staff and improving the hospital’s infrastructure, the SHC’s funds help improve the lives of patients as well as their families. Just one of the units that the Sheffield Hospitals Charity aids is the NICU at the Jessop Wing.
Phil Coley, DuoCall Director said, “We understand that Christmas is pushed aside for families that are struggling during the care of their ill or premature new-born. Helping the Sheffield Hospitals Charity is an easy decision for us to make. Last year we packed Christmas sacks with presents for families in the NICU so that they could enjoy the festive period; meanwhile Jessops provided the necessary support for their baby. With last year’s event being so successful, we came back again with a lot more presents!”
This year DuoCall returned to Jessops Hospital bearing sacks full of gifts for the families who are struggling through the Christmas period.
DuoCall provided gifts including rattles and bears and packed them into sacks for the unit. This offering gives the tiny patents and families something to look forward to during their difficult time.
The Sheffield Hospitals Charity said, “Having to spend Christmas in hospital with a premature or poorly baby will be an incredibly difficult time for parents. Thanks to the generous donation from DuoCall, families will now receive a Christmas sack full of gifts for their new-born. I’m sure this will bring a little smile to their faces and also a bit of festive cheer onto the Neonatal Unit.”
Phil added, “Christmas Sacks is a great way to help these families enjoy Christmas time instead of worrying about the worst scenario any parent can go through.”
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