Pupils from Old Swinford Hospital today presented a cheque for over £400 to the Neonatal Unit at Russells Hall Hospital .
The money was raised at the Schools’ Annual Staff v Leavers Charity Football match, where the Year 13s won 5-3. As this was the second defeat for the staff, rumours are rife that training has already commenced for next year! Pupils throughout the school supported the event by purchasing tickets and refreshments.
The fundraising initiative started in 2015 when proceeds from the match went towards purchasing a ‘cold cot’ for Birmingham City Hospital, but in 2016 pupils nominated their local hospital, Russells Hall and the Neonatal Unit.
Karen Phillips, Fundraising Manager, Dudley Group NHS Charity said: “Funds raised to support the Neonatal Unit are invaluable in so many ways. It is such a worrying time for parents, and knowing their vulnerable child is getting the best possible treatment will give so much comfort.
“We are so grateful to the pupils of Old Swinford Hospital for raising this money for us.”
The money raised will enable specialist equipment and items to be purchased which are not funded by the NHS, such as Gel Packs. This is a type of specialist bedding which moulds to the shape of a newborn’s body providing gentle support and retaining valuable body heat.