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Parents of hospital’s smallest baby raise more than £3,000 for neonatal unit

Pictured left to right: Midwife Julia Day, Andrew Bass with Amber-May, General manager of the Women and Children's Unit Patricia Davis, Nikkie Palmer and Jenna-Rose Bass

Pictured left to right: Midwife Julia Day, Andrew Bass with Amber-May, General manager of the Women and Children's Unit Patricia Davis, Nikkie Palmer and Jenna-Rose Bass

The parents of a baby girl who weighed less than a tin of baked beans when she was born have presented a cheque for £3,200 to the hospital that cared for her.

Amber-May Bass was born on August 3 last year at West Suffolk Hospital 15 weeks premature, weighing less than 1lb.

Yesterday, parents Nikkie Palmer and Andrew Bass, from Stowmarket, presented a cheque at the hospital’s neonatal unit to thank the team for the treatment their daughter received.

The money, which will be used to buy a cabinet to warm sterilised water for washing babies, was raised through a sponsored head shave and fun day at Stowmarket’s Little Wellington Pub on August 18.

Amber-May’s sister Jenna-Rose, seven, also got into the fund-raising spirit - adding £70 to the total selling cakes.

Nikkie said it was a lovely to see the team again that helped her though the ordeal.

“If it wasn’t for that hospital unit Amber-May wouldn’t be here today,” she said.

“She now weighs 17lb 11oz.

“Amber-May has been walking about for the past eight weeks now - we haven’t been able to keep her still since she found her feet.

“It was really nice to see everyone who helped us though it, the staff at Bury and Addenbrooke’s are just brilliant.”

Midwife Julia Day was one of the hospital’s staff present at Amber-May’s birth.

She said: “This is the first time I have seen her since she left the hospital.

“It is so nice to see her - she’s so huge.

“It is amazing to see her so well and walking around.”

Dave Gooderham, fund-raising manager at the hospital said: “We are delighted to hear that Amber-May has made such fantastic progress and are very grateful to her parents for their fund-raising efforts.”

 

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