At­ten-shun! Sol­diers for a day raise £17k

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sounds Good - by Mike Ben­nett mben­nett@thek­m­group.co.uk

A TOUCH of Army dis­ci­pline has paid div­i­dends af­ter more than £17,000 was raised for pre­ma­ture and crit­i­cally ill ba­bies at a spe­cial­ist unit.

Af­ter hear­ing of the plight of one of their col­leagues and his wife, whose baby girl was born 14 weeks early, staff from Pfizer and their friends signed up for an un­usual char­ity event to raise money for the neona­tal spe­cial­ist care unit at the William Har­vey Hospi­tal, which helped save the child’s life.

Sharp end

A team of 16 were spon­sored by friends and col­leagues to un­dergo a rig­or­ous day of train­ing with the Ar­gyll and Suther­land High­landers, the 5th Bat­tal­ion the Royal Reg­i­ment of Scot­land at Howe Bar­racks, Can­ter­bury.

Here they ex­pe­ri­enced the sharp end of a drill sergeant’s tongue and were given a Bad Lads Army-style in­tro­duc­tion to the ways of sol­dier­ing that in­cluded march­ing and clean­ing the floor with a tooth­brush.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties such as a cake sale and raf­fle raised the to­tal to £17,382.66.

Jo Rice, a nurse at the unit, said: “It’s an in­cred­i­bly gener- ous do­na­tion, I would like to say a huge thanks from all of the staff and the ba­bies on the unit.”

The money will go to­wards the cost of a new ven­ti­la­tor, which will be about £20,000.

The unit is one of just 23 in the UK that pro­vides vi­tal med­i­cal care to vul­ner­a­ble ba­bies as well as emo­tional and prac­ti­cal sup­port to their par­ents.

Cpl Don­ald Todd, nurse Jo Rice, L Cpl An­drew Pritchard and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Pfizer with a ven­ti­la­tor and the cheque for more than £17,000

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