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THE Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Peter’s Hospital has received special accreditation from Bliss, the UK’s leading premature and sick baby charity.

Sara Robertson, clinical nurse leader at St Peter’s and Chelsie Letts, Bliss Baby Charter programme leader

Staff were presented with a plaque and certificate as St Peter’s became the sixth hospital in England to receive Bliss Baby Charter Accreditation. The Chertsey hospital received the highest score of any neonatal unit to be assessed by Bliss for the award.

The assessment found that St Peter’s excelled at providing support for families through a multi-disciplinary team. They also highlighted the supportive staff culture and the unit’s spacious and well-equipped accommodation which enables parents to stay close to their baby.

Justin Irwin, Chief Executive at Bliss, said: “The fantastic work of the staff on St Peter’s neonatal unit and its excellent facilities are already making a vital contribution to the health of vulnerable babies and the wellbeing of their families.”

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THE Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, were out in force this month, raising awareness of World Prematurity Day and fundraising for the dedicated NICU charity, Little Roo.

They raised £849.36 from a cake sale in the main reception area of the hospital, a tasty treat which proved popular with staff and visitors alike.

SETTING OUT THEIR STALL  – (Left to right) Tony Martinez, neonatal ambulance driver, Debbie Smith, neonatal sister, Sid Hurry, Little Roo charity co-ordinator, and Liz Jennis, infant feeding team leader, present a range of cakes

It is estimated that one in every 13 babies in the UK is born before 37 weeks, so staff, parents and even Abbey Wing, the maternity building at St Peter’s, went purple – the colour of prematurity – as a striking reminder of the impact babies being born too soon can have on families.

PURPLE PATCH – Abbey Wing, which houses maternity services and NICU at St Peter’s Hospital, lights up for World Prematurity Day

In Surrey, the only hospital with the appropriate staff, equipment, skills and experience to provide the highest level of intensive care for premature babies is St. Peter’s Hospital.

The Little Roo Neonatal Fund was set up by a team of doctors, nurses, parents and support staff to assist the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, both in terms of equipment and to send staff for specialist training that the NHS cannot fund.

To support the NICU charity, please visit the Little Roo Neonatal fundraising page: For anyone wishing to support the charity through a fundraising event, please call Sid Hurry on 01932 722386.

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LOCAL charities will share a record fundraising pot of almost £40,000 this year, with Momentum Children’s Charity being the biggest beneficiary at West Byfleet Golf Club’s official presentation.

Momentum Children’s Charity, a joint-nomination by club captain Keith Mannering and ladies’ captain Penny Coase as the main charity to be supported in 2019, was presented with a cheque for £25,000.

COURSE RECORD – Kate Brookes from Momentum Children’s Charity is flanked by West Byfleet Golf Club ladies’ captain Penny Coase and club captain Keith Mannering. The club celebrated a magnificent year of fundraising

The charity offers practical and emotional support to children with cancer or life-challenging conditions and their families. It is the biggest single amount donated to a charity organisation by the club in Sheerwater Road.

Proceeds from fundraising at West Byfleet Golf Club throughout 2019 will go towards the work the charity does on the children’s wards at St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey.

The remaining funds will go towards Momentum Children’s Charity’s Family Support Programme for St Peter’s families, which includes specialist therapy services, counselling and respite breaks.

Club captain Keith said: “The generosity of members and supporters at our family-friendly club never ceases to amaze us. It’s been an amazing year. Hopefully we might even generate a bit more money by the end of 2019.”

Other charities to receive donations in 2019 from West Byfleet Golf Club are Children with Special Needs Foundation, Your Sanctuary, Runnymede Dementia Carers Support, The Matthew Hackney Foundation, Home-Start Guildford, Woking Street Angels, York Road Project, Tofs, Quest Riding for the Disabled, Shine Surrey and Woking Age Concern.

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THE dedicated neonatal charity for St Peter’s Hospital is to receive £103,000, its largest single donation.

The money, for Little Roo, was largely raised at an auction during the sixth anniversary party of Talon outdoor media agency, held at the Café De Paris, London.

(Left to Right) Sarah Jane Robertson, Matron – Debbie Smith, Sister, Charlie Perret and baby daughter Aurelia, Dr. Tracy Lawson, Anna Sanchez, Staff Nurse and Tom Perrett

Little Roo was nominated as charity of the year by Talon after the daughter of one of its directors, Tom Perrett, was cared for by the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

Aurelia was born at 34 weeks in St Peter’s on 3 July 2017 and spent three weeks in the unit.

Her mum, Charlie Perrett, said: “We are so grateful for the incredible care she was given and immense support we got from everyone, doctors, nurses and all the staff at the neonatal intensive care unit.”

St Peter’s Consultant neonatologist and pediatrician Dr Tracy Lawson commented: “We were all delighted to see Aurelia. It is her second birthday and what a beautiful little girl she is growing up to be.

“She was born prematurely and also received therapeutic hypothermia, a treatment usually used for term babies but was felt would be beneficial for Aurelia at the time.

“The Little Roo charity supports our neonatal unit, allowing us to provide the best equipment and care for extremely sick babies and their families.”

A ROTARY club president was prompted to start an initiative which raised £3,000 for the hospital unit where his tiny grandson received some special care.

Andy Becket, of the Rotary Club of Woking District, chose the Little Roo Neonatal Fund as the charity to support during his year in office.

Andy Beckett, left, with Sister Nora Chin, neonatal assistant Carina Corte, Sister Louise Marting holding Andy’s grandson Blair, neonatal consultant Dr Peter Martin, Blair’s mum Charlotte and neonatal assistant Susie Heggarty

Little Roo raises money for the neonatal intensive care unit at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.

The unit looked after Andy’s prematurely born grandson, Blair Hathaway, for eight weeks at the beginning of 2018.

The £3,000 donation was raised at a golf day organised by the club at West Byfleet Club in October.

The St Peter’s unit has a total of 22 high dependency and special care cots. It usually has one nurse caring for two babies but some of its tiny patients need one-to-one care.

Andy – along with one-year-old Blair and his mum Charlotte – visited the unit to meet the staff and see how donations from Little Roo are used.

“It’s a real pleasure to see the donation go to such a worthy local cause that provides the only specialist neonatal intensive care unit in Surrey,” said Andy.

“I would like to pay tribute to all of the golfers and supporters who contributed so generously to our golf day, and the main sponsor, James Kimber, MD of SMC Motor Group.”

Little Roo raises money for additional and replacement specialist equipment, sends staff for specialist training, and provides extra facilities for parents.

St Peter’s family support co-ordinator Jo Willard said that the unit treats around 750 children a year and that the Rotary donation was a valuable contribution towards its costs and facilities for parents.