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Family raises £1,800 for special care baby unit at Furness General Hospital

OIiver, Ella and Molly and Katie Lupton.

A Millom family have raised £1,800 for the special care baby unit at Furness General Hospital.

Katie and Oliver Lupton raised the funds after staff at the unit  cared for their twin girls Ella and Molly for 12 days in January when they were born six weeks early.

Katie said: “We really wanted to give something back for the care they gave to them and everything they did for us as a family.

“Nothing was ever too much for them and every question we had was answered.”

The family raised the amount in a week by holding a raffle on social media.

The prizes which included gift vouchers were donated by local individuals and businesses and were made up into 30 gift hampers for the raffle winners.

Katie added: “This left us absolutely speechless. We are so grateful to every single person who donated prizes and bought raffle tickets.

“I know how much this money is going to be appreciated and I’m so glad we can give something back to the unit for all they did for our family.”

The money will be used to create a new parents’ room for families to use in the unit.

Gillian Renshaw, clinical lead, neonatal, Furness General Hospital, said: “On behalf of our babies and their families, I would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you for everyone’s kindness and generosity.

“The fundraising enables us to buy much needed items required to make a difference to the lives of our vulnerable little ones.

“Without donations, we also cannot fund the research and support that is vital to enable us to deliver the highest quality of care for the babies and their families.
“We are truly grateful to Katie and her family for this amazing effort and we intend to use the money for our new parents’ room which will provide an area where mums, dads and siblings of the babies can relax, get some food and still be close to the baby in the nursery.”

Heidi Bowron, charity co-ordinator, Bay Hospitals Charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to people like the Lupton family. Every day, incredible things happen across our hospitals, but this is not without cost.

“Support from our community can help fund the latest equipment and help make your local hospitals more comfortable, ensuring you get the best care and treatment possible.”

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