Grateful Bury St Edmunds mum organises special sale for neonatal unit

Joseph Carroll during his stay at West Suffolk Hospital's Neonatal Unit
Joseph Carroll during his stay at West Suffolk Hospital's Neonatal Unit
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A grateful mum whose son was born two months early has paid tribute to West Suffolk Hospital’s Neonatal Unit by organising a fund-raising ‘sale trail’.

Joseph Carroll weighed just 2lb 8oz when he was born in March this year, spending almost a month at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and then West Suffolk before returning to his Bury St Edmunds home.

His mum, Roxana, said: “The staff at West Suffolk Hospital didn’t just help Joseph, but they helped me too.

“I think I was in shock for quite a while when we first arrived, but they were always on hand if we, as a family, had any questions. They were so calm and always made us feel comfortable and at ease.”

To thank staff, Roxana has organised a sale trail around Bury’s Horringer Court estate on Saturday, with money to be raised from the sales of tables, maps and a raffle.

She added: “I don’t think you really appreciate what happens on a neonatal unit until you are there and in that situation.

“I had raised funds many years ago towards purchasing an incubator for this unit and I never once thought one day my own baby would need to use one. You never know what is round the corner but it is such a wonderful department.

“Joseph is doing really well and getting bigger. He is doing everything he is supposed to and that is all we can ask. He is a very lucky little boy.”

Stalls for the sale trail – which takes place between 10am and 2pm - cost just £5 with participants able to sell items in their garage or garden.

Maps produced for the event, directing bargain-hunters, will be available from Kelso Road.

For more details, call 01284 760416.