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