Bereaved local nurse helps parents create special memories
A Scunthorpe General Hospital’s children’s nurse Laura Malton and friend Sophie Graham raised over £500 to be split between the hospitals charity The Health Tree Foundation and 4Louis, a charity which provides memory boxes for bereaved parents.
The Health Tree Foundation used its share of the money to buy a top of the range digital print camera for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Scunthorpe General Hospital.
Sophie took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in June to help raise the money for the camera which will be used on the ward for families to record special moments with their babies.
While on night shift at Scunthorpe’s Disney ward Laura began to feel unwell and went into labour at just 23 weeks.
After a short labour Laura and her partner Matthew Levitt’s baby boy, Ralphie Levitt was born.
Immediately after his birth, Ralphie was transferred to the NICU where he received critical care before being transferred to the Jessops Wing NICU at Sheffield hospital.
While Laura, Mathew and Ralphie were on the NICU ward, staff were able to take photos of the new family and help to create some special memories.
Baby Ralphie sadly lost his fight for life after just 30 hours.
Laura said “I know how precious photos of your new born baby are, so having a good quality camera on hand can help parents record the special times with their babies when first born.”
“I would like to thank the central delivery suite team for the wonderful care I received. My colleagues, who helped deliver Ralphie and supported us through a very traumatic and distressing time.
“I wanted to give something to the ward that would help other parents who unfortunately have to spend time on NICU. There was even some money left to buy a few treats for the wonderful staff too”.
“All the staff on the unit are amazing and because of the photos they took of Ralphie we are able to hold onto his memory forever.”
If you would like more information about how you can help make a difference to your local hospital, please contact the official charity for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation, The Health Tree Foundation (HTF) on: 03033 305672 or email HTF community champion Hayley Thompson on Hayley.email@example.com.