12-year-old revisits unit that cared for her

Holly Easter

12-year-old Holly Easter has given the donations from her Grandfathers funeral to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Royal Stoke University Hospital. Holly, of Swadlincote in Derbyshire, was cared for on the old neonatal unit from three months when she was born at just 25 weeks. Dad David Easter said Granddad Roger Fredrick Norman would have approved of the £275 donations going to UHNM Charity to support the staff who had cared for his granddaughter in 2006.

David Easter, Holly’s dad, said: “Holly weighed just one pound nine ounces when she was born and had to be cared for in the old Maternity Unit for three months, with a further three weeks in Burton. It was a very stressful time for us all, especially living so far away. My wife was able to stay on the old unit, but the facilities in the new unit are much much better. We’re very grateful for the care Holly received from the staff in the neonatal service all those years ago and I know Holly’s Granddad would have been happy that the donations went to the hospital.”

The new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Maternity Centre opened in 2009. Staff on the unit care for babies from right across the region who need Intensive Care, High Dependency Care or Special Care.

Lynn Keilty-Woolcock, Matron, said: “We’re very grateful to Holly’s family for this very kind donation. It is always very special for us when one of the children come back to see us after being cared for on the unit for such a long time. The facilities have changed hugely since Holly was cared for here and donations such as this one allows us to improve the experience of families even further. I’m delighted Holly and her family came back to see us, they are most welcome to visit us in the future.”

(pictured: Holly Easter and Matron Lynn Keilty-Woolcock, flanked by David Easter and his partner Marie)