A mother has helped raised more than £1,000 for the unit that saved her son’s life – and she has vowed to continue fundraising.
Ashley Blakey and her friend Kelly Bridgett took part in a variety of events to raise funds for the special care baby unit at Wansbeck General Hospital.
Her son Alfie Hunter was born ten weeks premature and was kept in the unit for nine weeks until he was well enough to go home, where he is now a fit and healthy two-year-old.
Last year, Ashley, of Holywell, and Kelly, of Blyth, raised £300 for the unit but went even better this year, raising £1,005.
Ashley said: “If it wasn’t for the staff on the unit, Alfie wouldn’t be here.
“I owe it to them to raise this money, they saved my son’s life.”
Ashley and Kelly are hoping to sky dive to raise more money for the unit and are hoping a local business can sponsor them £300 to cover the cost of the jump.
Any business interested should contact either Brenda or Katie at Brightstar on (0191) 203 1351.
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.