Family raises £55,000 in baby Harrison’s memory

A Norwich couple who started fundraising in memory of their baby son have raised more than £55,000 to help other families.

Claire and Simon Nicholl, from Eaton, suffered heartbreak when their son Harrison Alexander Nicholl died four days after being born in February 2010.

Harrison had been born weighing 7lb 14oz but became distressed during delivery and was treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Since then, Claire and Simon and their family and friends have fundraised in Harrison’s memory, including organising charity balls and walks, with donations split between the N&N Hospitals Charity and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Items purchased for NICU include a £6,000 portable ventilator and most recently, £3,000 towards a VCreate secure video technology system.

Claire and Simon, who are also parents to daughter Emily, said: “We are so pleased that the money raised from the most recent Harrison’s Ball will be used for this piece of software. I cannot imagine what it would have been like if we were not able to sit with Harrison 24 hours a day, but throughout the pandemic parents have not always been able to do this.”

The secure video messaging service allows hospital staff to send regular video and photo messages to parents, so they don’t miss crucial moments of their child’s first weeks.

The messages can be accessed on any device, whenever the parents want, and can be downloaded and kept forever.

“The VCreate system has made a huge difference to families, particularly during the restrictions we faced due to Covid-19,” said Paula Mellor, NICU Matron.

“We are so grateful to Claire and Simon for their wonderful generosity which enables us to continue to provide videos and photos to our NICU families.”

“We are so honoured that Harrison’s family and friends have chosen to continue to support us over the years, making a huge difference to our NICU parents,” said Louise Cook, Head of Fundraising.

“It’s wonderful that Harrison’s legacy continues to inspire so many people to donate in his name and we are so grateful.”

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