Cots for Tots Appeal reaches target
Just over a year after it was launched, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Cots for Tots appeal is within a few hundred pounds of reaching its grand total.
The £500,000 appeal was launched in September 2010 to buy four more intensive care or high-dependency incubators, and the associated building work and kitting-out needed at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
The generous support of people in Norfolk means that almost £250,000 of that has been raised in 12 months, with the hospital matching that funding pound for pound.
The necessary building work was completed in September and October 2011, and the new incubators are in place, as well as most of the equipment.
The extra cots means the busy Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can now look after 32 babies at any one time.
More than 850 babies each year are cared for at the unit, but demand is rising. As one of only three specialist neonatal units in the East, it needed to expand to make sure that local premature babies can be cared for, as well as the most critically ill babies from across Norfolk, Suffolk and beyond.
Mark Dyke, consultant neonatalogist, said: We are delighted that the Norwich Cots for Tots appeal has nearly reached its target of £250,000 for incubators, ventilators and monitors. We have been able to secure match funding to pay for the building works to house the additional cots. The appeal will continue so that we can carry on enhancing the services we provide for babies and their families being cared for by the unit.
Beth Coley, fundraising manager at the hospital, said: The support from people in Norfolk has been tremendous to help us raise this much money and wed like to thank everyone who has helped. It goes to show just how valued the unit is by the hundreds of families who have spent time there.
The Norwich Cots for Tots Appeal will continue so that the unit can continue to provide care to future babies using with latest equipment. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/norwichnicu