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Crosshouse Children’s Fund Launches First Christmas Appeal

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Crosshouse Children’s Fund is calling on Ayrshire and Arran residents to support its first ever Christmas Appeal.

The fund, which launched in May this year, is now raising funds to purchase specialist heated cots and equipment for the Ayrshire Maternity Unit (AMU) to allow more premature and sick babies to receive the extra care they need by their mothers’ bedsides. 

Each year, over 3,000 babies from across Ayrshire are born each year at the AMU, with many hundreds born prematurely or sick. Being born early or poorly can result in babies being taken to the Neonatal Unit for special treatment, where they are separated from their mothers. With its latest appeal, Crosshouse Children’s Fund hopes to help prevent these admissions by supporting the Transitional Care Unit.

Attica Wheeler, Head of Midwifery (Associate Nurse Director Women and Children’s Services), said: "In the past, babies with modest additional care needs would have required admission to our Neonatal Unit, separating Mums from their babies.

“Now, we can avoid this separation through our Transitional Care unit, allowing these babies to be cared for primarily by their mothers, fully supported by trained staff.

"To allow us to increase the number of babies that are cared for in Transitional Care, through Crosshouse Children’s Fund, we hope to purchase specialised cots to keep more mothers with their babies."

Amy Aitken, regional fundraising manager at Crosshouse Children’s Fund, said: “This is Crosshouse Children’s Fund’s first Christmas Appeal and it will support premature and sick babies from across Ayrshire and Arran.

“We hope to purchase additional specialist cots and enhanced medical equipment for the Transitional Care Unit to keep more mums and babies together during those precious early days.

“Local communities have already shown their incredible generosity over the last six months for Crosshouse Children’s Fund, and we’re calling on them again to help make our Christmas wish a reality for Ayrshire’s babies and their families.”

Find out more about Crosshouse Children’s Fund’s Christmas appeal at www.CrosshouseChildrensFund.org.

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About Crosshouse Children’s Fund

Crosshouse Children’s Fund is held by Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity which raises funds to ensure that patients and their families receive the best possible care and experience in hospital – including enhanced medical equipment, innovative play programmes, family support services and ground breaking paediatric research. Since 2001, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity has invested more than £30million in enhancements to Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children, Specialist Children’s Services for children with mental health conditions and long term illnesses, and the neonatal units at the Princess Royal Maternity and Royal Alexandra hospitals

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity has established Crosshouse Children’s Fund to support children from Ayrshire and Arran in hospital. Crosshouse Children’s Fund raises vital cash for enhanced equipment and support services at University Hospital Crosshouse’s Paediatric, Maternity and Neonatal Units, as well as further outpatient services across Ayrshire.

For more information, visit www.CrosshouseChildrensFund.org

Twitter: @CrosshouseCF

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