Teddy bears’ picnic raises money for neo-natal unit

Mum Wendy Wright holding baby Sophie with daughter Ella, second right, and Cockfield Primarys school council
Mum Wendy Wright holding baby Sophie with daughter Ella, second right, and Cockfield Primarys school council
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When Ella Artiss-Wright told classmates about her baby sister being born prematurely, she couldn’t have guessed what they would do next.

Pupils at Cockfield Primary School were so moved by the story, they decided to raise money for the neo-natal unit at which her little sister, Sophie, was cared for after she was born almost ten weeks early, weighing just 2lbs 7oz.

Last week, all of the pupils at the primary school, from Reception to Year 6, were joined by parents and grandparents for a teddy bears’ picnic on the school’s playing field to raise money for West Suffolk Hospital.

Each pupil donated 50p and they raised £120 for the neo-natal unit.

“The school council have raised money before for things such as Comic Relief and Children in Need, but wanted to find a local cause,” said headteacher Trudie Harkin.

“When they heard Ella’s story they decided to raise money for the unit which cared for her sister, Sophie.

“At the picnic there was cake and strawberries and it was attended by over 100 people, including all 63 pupils.

“Even baby Sophie came, too.”

Ella’s mum, Wendy Wright, from Cockfield, was expecting her second child in July.

But Sophie was born on April 28 at Colchester Hospital, before being transferred to West Suffolk Hospital.

“It was a worrying time but the hospital staff were amazing,” said Wendy.

“Ella told friends at school about her sister because she was so proud, especially when Sophie came home.

“It was such a nice gesture by the school to raise the money and we can’t thank the school council enough.

“Sophie came along to the picnic, too, but I am not sure she really knew quite what it was all about.”