Parents and Staff Support Premature Baby Day

A parent who has experienced the care of NICU, Claudia Conceicao, has decided to organise a Little Lights Walk in aid of the NICU fund, part of the NNUH charity, and Bliss, national charity for premature babies. 

On 17 November parents and staff from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Trust (NNUH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will come together to raise money and awareness for premature and sick babies on World Prematurity Day. 

Claudia, whose little boy Marshall, was born early but will be soon be celebrating his first birthday said: ‘The NICU department were amazing to me whilst Marshall was in hospital and we have been helping to raise money for the unit ever since. The Little Lights Walk means parents can come together to help others locally and across the country.’

Julia Shirtliffe, Bliss Family Care Coordinator at NNUH, one of the team of NICU staff who support families throughout their time on NICU said: ‘We welcome current and past NICU parents to join us on the walk.’

The circular walk around the hospital will end at the chapel with a short ceremony in the chapel garden where tea lights will be lit to light up the night to celebrate the hope and strength of premature babies and their families. There will then be a chance for parents to buy cakes and try for a tombola prize.

If people wish to support the Little Lights Walk for Bliss then please go to the just giving page or to find out more about the NNUH charity and to give to NICU then please visit  

Notes to Editors
The walk starts from Jenny Lind entrance of the hospital at 4.30pm ending at the Chapel. If you wish to take part please email Claudia Conceicao on  

The NICU department helps more than 900 premature or sick babies a year.

Tuesday 11th of November 2014 11:00:55 AM