Christine Mulgrew and Victoria Hopkins of Total Voice along with choir members presented the cheque last week to Suzie Simmons Fundraising Officer for Southampton Hospital Charity. The group also visited the unit where their money will go towards a new suite of parental accommodation for those with babies being treated there. This will make a real difference for parents in what is a very difficult time.
The hospital provides specialist care to around 600 sick term and pre term (premature) new born babies a year from Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole, Chichester, Dorchester, Basingstoke, Isle of Wight, Salisbury, Winchester and the Channel Islands - with such a wide-spread 'catchment' many parents do not have the option to go home.
The target funding needed for the parental suites is £100,000 and staff at the hospital climbed Kilimanjaro last year for the cause. With our contribution they have now raised nearly £90,000 of that target.
The fundraising was very personal to Choir leader Christine Mulgrew and her husband Jonathan as their baby son Archie was looked after on the unit when he was born earlier this year. Christine said; “the care which Archie received and which we received as a family from the Neonatal staff was amazing and I have heard many similar stories from choir members and local people during the course of our fundraising. It has been fantastic to get the support of the choir and local community to raise such an amazing amount as a thank you.”
We would like to thank everyone who supported us by coming along to our concert and to all the local businesses who donated such wonderful raffle prizes.