Date of release: 11 February 2020
The family of a football fan who died in Bulgaria have donated more than £4,700 to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity.
Rob Spray’s family started an online fundraiser following his death, of which a donation has been made to the Trust’s Neonatal Unit.
The money also came from donations at Rob’s funeral instead of flowers.
Mr Spray, 32, from Cannock, died in police custody in October and his family are calling for the Foreign Office to launch its own investigation.
His sister Katie Brown gave birth to twins Elsie and Savanna at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton at 37 weeks on 21 December 2018.
The twins spent two weeks being cared for on the Neonatal Unit.
The donated money will be spent on purchasing a Jaundice meter which will ensure only those babies who require treatment will need to come to hospital and have blood tests.
Katie said: “Rob absolutely loved the twins, he would have insisted that we used some of the money to help other babies who need care on the neonatal unit.
“When the girls were born they had to have a lot of blood tests to check for jaundice – up to three times a day – which was very distressing. This piece of machinery will help other babies go through less blood tests to check for jaundice which is great as Rob hated hearing the girls get upset when they were tested.
“It means a lot to support a vital piece of equipment which will help more babies in the future.
“Altogether we raised £25,000 which was absolutely amazing and we are so grateful for the community’s support.”
Kate Cheshire, Matron for Neonatal Services, said: “This donation is fantastic and we are very grateful to the Spray family.
“Thanks to Rob’s legacy babies in Cannock and Wolverhampton will receive improved care.
“We are introducing these machines within maternity wards at New Cross but having one out in Cannock community will reduce postnatal visits to hospital for blood tests. The benefits of the Jaundice meter are amazing. Currently the only way to assess jaundice levels in newborn’s involves blood tests. This machine will ensure only those babies who require treatment will need to come to hospital and have blood tests.
“It will also mean jaundice can be identified earlier preventing long hospital admissions and potentially life long effects of jaundice.”
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