School's Continued Support for Siblings

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Families of premature babies are still able to entertain older siblings during hospital stays thanks to the continued efforts of pupils from a local school.

Students from Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form have worked with UHNM Charity to put together and donate over 200 more ‘sibling packs’ to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

English teacher Laura Pheasey said "After having two baby daughters on the Unit, I saw first-hand the amazing work that the staff do and wanted to give something back. It was whilst I was there that I realised that there’s little for siblings to be entertained with whilst they visit, as their parents, who arrive expectantly, very often don’t have chance to grab anything from home."

"Before the school closed, the children were given £1 each and told to use it to get as much as possible. I’m really proud of the way they’ve continued to embraced the project and got involved and what they’ve achieved."

As well as the sibling packs, Laura also donated over £300 which had been raised by pupils for the Unit.

She added: "The kids are gutted to miss out on visiting, but very happy to see their packs are going to be getting used soon. I’ve asked to run the project again in September, so hope to grow is as much as we can, we’ve loved it this year."

Dr Rao Narasimha, Consultant Neonatologist said: “The whole Unit is incredibly grateful to Laura and the pupils at Blythe Bridge High School for continuing to provide us with these sibling packs. This means a lot to parents, who we want be more involved in the care process. If siblings are happy then the whole family are happy, which is a positive for patient care.”

If you would like to fundraise for UHNM Charity visit www.uhnmcharity.org.uk for more information, or call 01782 676444 to speak to one of the UHNM Chaity team.