Travel firm’s £113,000 hospital babies boost
LIFE saving equipment for premature and sick babies in Peterborough has been funded by a generous donation.
Thomas Cook Children’s Charity handed over more than £113,000 to Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to buy equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Two Giraffe incubators and a state-of-the-art cooling cot for early-born babies have been bought with the money, as well as a top- of-the-range ultra-sound scanner for youngsters. The scanner is so good only a handful of hospitals in the country have one.
The new equipment caused a stir in the department when it arrived, with medical staff excited at the prospects it will offer.
Jacqui Rutterford, lead nurse for NICU, said: “We are immensely proud of the facilities we can provide for new born babies at the City Hospital.
“This donation will make a real difference to the treatment we provide to the very poorly babies we care for in the unit. We would like to say a huge thank you to Thomas Cook Children’s Charity for its generosity.”
The Giraffe incubators keep pre- mature babies warm because they lose heat quickly because of a lack of fat. Doctors will also be able to treat newborns inside without opening the incubator.
The cooling cot is a specialist tool used to cool babies who have suffered oxygen starvation, or birth asphyxia, and is a new service offered by the hospital.
Pete Constanti, chairman of the charity, said: “We’re especially pleased to be able to help provide such important equipment to help staff at the NICU as they continue their fantastic work providing care to babies born at the hospital.”
The Bretton-based charity raises money with donations from Thomas Cook staff and customers.
YOUNGSTERS had the chance to study a professional artist at work for several days at their city school.
Local artist Colin Slater spent a week painting a mural called Champions Of Humanity at Fulbridge Primary School, in Keeton Road.
Headteacher Iain Erskine said: “The idea was that the children could see a professional artist at work and see the mural develop day by day.
“The famous people are men and women from all over the world who have changed our world for the better.
“It was a huge success and has inspired the children to find out about the people in it as well as encouraging their interest in art.” inspiration: Professional local artist Colin Slater showing pupils his Champions Of Humanity mural at Fulbridge Primary School..