Fund-raising couple help hospital buy new equipment

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A crucial piece of equipment that supports the lungs of premature babies has been purchased thanks to the latest generous donation of a fund-raising couple from Bury St Edmunds.

Paul and Joanna Rayner have supported West Suffolk Hospital since 2013 after their son Thomas was born seven weeks premature.

In that time, they have raised more than £25,000 from two charity balls, donations and a Three Peaks Challenge undertaken by Mr Rayner and a group of friends.

Their latest fundraising effort in support of the My WiSH Charity has enabled the hospital’s Neonatal Unit to purchase a CPAP machine – which provides a continuous pressure into a baby’s small lungs.

Mrs Rayner said: “It was terrific to visit and see the machine on the Neonatal Unit, which our fundraising supported.

“It was wonderful to speak to the staff and understand what a difference it makes to help them deliver the care to the babies and families, which they are so very good at doing.”

Karen Ranson, ward manager on the unit, said: “Paul and Jo always go above and beyond to raise the money to provide what we ask for.

“We can truly say that gold standard care is given to the babies entrusted in our care with the kindness of people such as Paul and Jo.

“We would like to thank them on behalf of all of us, and all babies who have benefited from their generosity.”

The CPAP Machine allows oxygen exchange to take place without the baby becoming too tired.