Date of release:13 April 2017
Baby Savannah Payne-Cooper and her parents Clare and Robert returned to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust today, with a gift of £1,080 and 15 specially made octopuses for babies on the unit which saved their daughter's life.
Savannah was born at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital on 1 November 2016, 12 weeks premature and weighing a tiny 1lb 0.5oz. At four days old she was transferred to the Neonatal Unit at New Cross Hospital and was cared for by the team before moving to Russell’s Hall Hospital.
Savannah eventually went home on 16 January 2017, five days before what should have been her actual due date.
Parents Clare and Robert were so grateful for the kindness and support of everyone that contributed to Savannah's recovery that they arranged a Charity Fun Day at Brook Street Community Centre in Tipton.
More than 500 people attended the event, which was supported by The British Legion, The British Legion Bikers, Tipton Fire Fighters and Volks Magic, with various stalls, raffles, tombolas and cake sales raising a grand total of £3,340.
Some of the money has been used to buy octopuses for the Neonatal Unit at New Cross Hospital and Russell’s Hall Hospital and the rest equally divided between all three hospitals that cared for Savannah.
The octopuses are important to the babies on the unit as research has shown that the tentacles remind them of the umbilical cord and being in their mother’s womb, making them feel safe.
Clare Payne-Cooper said; “Savannah continues to do well and is no longer on oxygen. We wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone that cared for our little girl – each and every one of them that played a part. We just wanted to be able to help other babies and their families.”
Dawn Homer, Neonatal Unit Manager at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: “We are extremely grateful for the fantastic amount of money raised and the donation of the octopuses. Thank you so much on behalf of the Neonatal Unit staff - this is a fantastic achievement."
For further information please call Leanne Bood, Fundraising Coordinator on 01902 694473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Picture - L-R Staff Nurse Serlyn Barcelona, Senior Sister Dawn Homer, Robert Cooper – Father with Savannah Payne-Cooper