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Grandmother makes a brew for neonatal unit to say thank you

Caroline Smith-Green organised a charity coffee morning to raise money for the unit as a way of saying thank-you to the staff for looking after her twin grandchildren.

George and Isabella-Rose Chapman-Smith were born nine weeks premature in August last year and were on the unit for more than three weeks.

Caroline said: “Until you see how vulnerable the babies are in the unit, and what the nurses actually do for them, you don’t realise what goes on – it was a real eye-opener. I wanted to organise an event to raise money and to say thank you to the amazing staff.”

The event was held at Louth’s Wolds Care Centre, where Caroline is the activities coordinator. As well as copious cups of tea and coffee, there was also a selection of cakes, a raffle and tombola.

Caroline added: “We had a fabulous turnout and raised £400 for the unit. The generosity didn’t stop there though as people had also been knitting and I have 30 cardigans, eight blankets and a selection of soft toys for the unit as well.”

The Health Tree Foundation (HTF), the official charity for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust, will ensure the money raised will be used to fund requests for charitable funds from families and staff on the newborn intensive care unit. Wishes can be put forward by patients, visitors or staff members of the Trust when they see or experience something that needs improving and is above and beyond the Trust’s core expenditure.

Lauren Alexander, community champion for HTF said: “It’s lovely to hear that Caroline wanted to say thank you by raising funds to support other babies like her grandchildren. We are extremely grateful”.

Jenny Copley, deputy ward sister, said: “We are always so very grateful for the effort people put in to raising money and for their generous donations of knitwear and other items. I want to say a big thank you to Caroline for her generosity.”


If you would like to hold your own fundraising event to say Thank you to a deparment or ward at Grimsby Hospital, please contact Lauren Alexander on 030333 30415 or


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