Su­per sisters thank neona­tal

Spon­sored walk cash

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Thom­son

Three spec­tac­u­lar sisters re­turned to Wishaw Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal to thank the neona­tal team for the life-sav­ing treat­ment they pro­vided.

Pre­ma­ture twins Jes­sica and Lucy Hoey, aged seven, were joined by nine-year-old sis­ter Rachel to hand over a cheque for £850.

The three girls raised their tremen­dous to­tal by do­ing a sixk­ilo­me­tre spon­sored walk around Strath­clyde Park.

Rachel said: “The peo­ple at the hos­pi­tal are so very spe­cial to me be­cause without them my little sisters would not be here today.”

The three girls, who live in Ne­warthill and at­tend Ne­warthill Pri­mary School, came up with the idea to do the spon­sored walk dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

It was a real fam­ily affair as they were joined on the walk by their par­ents, Stacey and Peter Hoey, as well as their gran, aunts and un­cles. Their grand­dad also helped out by driv­ing round the park sup­ply­ing drinks and packed lunches to them.

Mum Stacey said: “The girls were over the moon that they were able to come back to the hos­pi­tal that saved them to hand over the cheque from their fundrais­ing walk.

“The £850 raised for the neona­tal unit at Wishaw came from kind do­na­tions from friends, fam­ily and work col­leagues.

“I am so proud of the three of them, the spon­sored walk was all their own idea.

“They were very ex­cited and they’re al­ready think­ing of what else they can do to raise even more money.”

Dur­ing the walk, the girls wore match­ing T-shirts with a pic­ture of the twins when they were in the neona­tal unit printed on.

Lucy, who was 3lbs 11 oz when she was born, spent three weeks and five days in the neona­tal unit while Jes­sica, who was 2lbs, spent nine weeks and two days in the unit.

As well as hand­ing over the cheque, the girls also pre­sented the staff with thank you notes.

Lucy’s note read ‘without you guys me and Jes­sica would not have been born’ and Jes­sica’s said ‘thank you for help­ing me be born and look­ing af­ter me’.

Se­nior mid­wife Wendy Drys­dale said: “It was won­der­ful to see Jes­sica and Lucy and to know that they are thriv­ing so much that they de­cided to do a char­ity walk on our be­half.

“The staff were re­ally touched when they re­ceived the spe­cial thank you mes­sages from each of the girls.

“On be­half of the neona­tal unit I would like to thank Jes­sica, Lucy and Rachel, their mum and dad, and their ex­tended fam­ily for the gen­eros­ity they have shown and for keep­ing us in their thoughts.”

Top trio Jes­sica, Lucy and Rachel hand over their cheque to the neona­tal team

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