NICU Mum to do Three peaks challenge as a thank you

Dena Al-Dossary mum of Leila-mai is to undertake the 'The Three Peaks Challenge' on 26th June 2011 as a thank you to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) for looking after her daughter Leila-mai.

Leila-mai was born 9 weeks premature on 21st July 2006 weighing just 2lb 9oz and spent 6 weeks on NICU before going home weighing 4lb 6oz. Now nearly 5 years old Leila-mai is a happy and healthy little girl thanks to the care she received in the early days of her life.

Dena said “I am raising money for the Norwich Cots for Tots appeal as my way of giving back and showing my appreciation for all they do within that department. Leila-mai was so tiny and extremely vulnerable and as a parent I felt so helpless but with the support of the staff, days went by and without the hard work and dedication of the staff on NICU, I would have lost my daughter”.

NICU nurse manager Amanda Williamson said: “We’re very grateful to Dena for getting behind our appeal and organising this fundraiser. Every donation, no matter its size, will make a real difference to us and the babies we look after.”

“We are keenly aware how difficult it can be for families who sometimes have to travel long distances to enable their baby to receive care because all our high dependency and intensive care cots are in use. The expansion of cots will mean that more families are able to stay locally while their baby receives the care they need. We are very excited about allowing this improvement to care that families receive.”

'The Three Peaks Challenge' involves climbing and walking between the tallest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales which are, Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Mount Snowdon in Wales. The distance walked is around 35 miles, the height climbed is over 11,000 feet, and the distance to be covered between the mountains is some 450 miles.

To sponsor Dena visit to make a donation.

Tuesday 21st of June 2011 10:00:58 AM