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Charity Donation Allows Parents Chance To Make A Cuppa

Charity Donation Allows Parents Chance To Make A Cuppa

12 June 2020

Parents of sick babies on the Neonatal Unit (NNU) at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust can now make themselves a cuppa - thanks to a donation from a worldwide charity which has enhanced facilities during the COVID-19 crisis.

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The International Association Of Human Values (IAHV) bought items from the Trust’s Amazon wishlist which enabled the unit to have three microwaves and three kettles. Other items included two children’s table sandpits, colouring books and hoola hoops, plus a care pack containing multi-packs of crisps, biscuits, lip balm, snacks, porridge, deodorant and other items, worth a total of £894, which has supported the Children’s Ward and Neonatal Unit.

The donation has enabled the NNU to provide microwaves and kettles for their parent accommodation, which has five parent flats in total, three of which are on the ground floor. They are used by parents of critically poorly babies who live out of the area, enabling them to stay close to their baby at all times.

Nikki Farrington, Specialist Nurse in Bereavement and Family Support, said: “Providing the microwaves and kettles has meant our parents can now make hot drinks and meals in the privacy of their room. Previously they had to leave their accommodation and walk into a shared area to make refreshments. Being able to wake up and make a cup of tea or coffee as they would at home and then prepare to see their baby is a small adjustment but has had a massively positive impact. On behalf of the Neonatal Unit I cannot thank the IAHV enough for their support and kindness. It has been invaluable.”

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The Trust is one of 30 organisations across the UK that has benefitted from over £41,000 the IAHV has raised through its Just Giving page, ‘NHS Help Our Heroes’, raising money for essentials during the COVID-19 crisis. Hundreds of people have taken part in a range of fundraising activities, including a 12-hour dance-athon as Michael Jackson and a challenge where 160 people cycled 250 km in a week, the equivalent of biking around the world.

A spokesperson for the IAHV said: “We are incredibly proud of NHS hospitals and their staff, who of course are sacrificing so much by being on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic. As an organisation we want to do whatever we can to help and support staff, patients and their relatives during the challenges presented by COVID-19. Raising a bit of cash was the least we could do and we are delighted to see the money make such a positive difference.”

Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1997, the IAHV has organisations in 25 countries and projects in over 50 nations. Their projects transform the lives of people affected by disasters, conflict, trauma and stress, and children who would not otherwise be in education.

They have helped rebuild lives across the world, for example with disaster relief following the Nepal earthquake. In the UK, their support has helped rehabilitate prisoners at HMP Thameside in Greenwich, London.

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