Thanks to hospital, Hope was not lost

THE parents of a child who was born prematurely at St Peter’s have handed over £5,750 to staff at the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Alison and Duncan Kelly have never forgotten the debt of gratitude they owe to the staff who cared for their daughter, Hope, when she was born in 2011, and they have been fundraising for the hospital ever since.

INTENSIVE CARE - (centre) mum Alison  and Hope with Dr Lawson and St Peter's neonatal staff

INTENSIVE CARE – (centre) mum Alison and Hope with Dr Lawson and St Peter’s neonatal staff

Thanks to staff at the specialist unit, Hope is now a normal, healthy three-year-old.

A total of 54 friends and family took part in a 10-mile ‘Walk of Hope’ starting and finishing at St Peter’s in September, raising more than £1,200, with more coming in for the hospital’s Early Births Fund.

Building contractor Walter Lilly & Co Ltd, who Duncan works for, held a charity auction at a celebration dinner to mark their 90 years of trading and raised another £4,550 for the fund.

Earlier this month Alison and Hope went to the unit to present the cheque to NICU staff, including Dr Tracy Lawson, who was Hope’s consultant for her first year of life.

Alison said: “I was really thrilled that Dr Lawson was there when we dropped off the cheque as she had headed up the neonatal team when Hope was born. She was also Hope’s consultant for her first year.

“We have everything to thank her for and so I was really pleased she could see Hope again and see how well she is now doing.

“We are also very grateful to Walter Lilly who, as well as raising all this money, were very supportive to us when Hope was born and when she was ill.”

ANOTHER Another 10-mile Walk of Hope is planned for later this month. Any donations will be gratefully received at www.justgiving.com/duncankelly1.

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