Head shave for unit that saved tiny baby girl

A year after her daughter was born at only 25 weeks Nikkie Palmer her brother and a friend have held a fun day and had their heads shaved to raise money for the special baby unit at West Suffolk Hospital. '''Pictured: Nikki Palmer, Amber-May Bass, Lee Palmer (Brother) and frien Louise Ambrose with Jenna-Rose and Andrew Bass
A year after her daughter was born at only 25 weeks Nikkie Palmer her brother and a friend have held a fun day and had their heads shaved to raise money for the special baby unit at West Suffolk Hospital. '''Pictured: Nikki Palmer, Amber-May Bass, Lee Palmer (Brother) and frien Louise Ambrose with Jenna-Rose and Andrew Bass

A mum has shaved her head for the hospital that saved her daughter after she was born 15 weeks early, weighing less than a can of beans.

Nikkie Palmer, her brother Lee Palmer and friend Louise Ambrose were sponsored to have their heads shaved on Sunday.

The head shave was the highlight of a fun day organised by Nikkie, whose daughter Amber-May Bass is now one year old.

Amber-May was born on August 3 last year weighing less than 1lb.

After months of care her family took her home in November, one year on she is doing brilliantly.

Nikki said: “She’s amazing, she’s 14lb 7oz, she’s crawling around pulling herself up on furniture.”

The fun day included a bouncy castle, face painting and raffle.

Nikkie said: “It went really, really well, there must have been about 300 people.

“The atmosphere was amazing everybody was so generous.”

Nikkie’s daughter Jenna-Rose Bass, 7, made the first cut into her mum’s hair while Lee offered the chance to chop off one of his dreadlocks for £5.

Nikkie said: “My mum cried - she had to walk away because my daughter did the first snip.

“There were so many people watching and I was just like grin and bear it.”

So far the event has raised £2,300 however this total is expected to reach £2,500.

All the money will be donated to West Suffolk Hospital’s Special Baby Unit.

Nikkie said: “They were so supportive and explained everything in a way we would understand.

“We owe them so much, if it wasn’t for them our daughter would not be here today we owe them so much.”

Nikkie thanked everybody that helped at the event and the Little Wellington Pub, Stowmarket where it was held.