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Mum aims to raise vital funds for neonatal unit

George and Isabelle-Rose Chapman-Smith were born nine weeks early last August and spent three weeks in the neonatal unit at Grimsby hospital.

Parents Victoria and Darren Chapman-Smith wanted to do something to say thank you to the staff for the support and treatment their babies received.

The twins were born at 31 weeks weighing 4lb 6oz each and were admitted to the neonatal unit where they needed assistance with breathing and feeding.

Mum Victoria said: “You never very really realise what facilities are out there until you need them. The Grimsby neonatal unit is a wonderful place. I fell in love with the staff and the unit from the moment we arrived. Everyone was so kind and the care given to the twins was incredible.”

Victoria added: “I suffered two miscarriages in 2015 but now I am thankfully blessed with George and Isabella-Rose. This would not have been possible without the staff on the neonatal unit and expertise.”

The proud parents are holding the fundraising charity ball on Friday June 2 at Kenwick Park Hotel, Louth.

Some of the unit staff will be in attendance to support the event. Unit sister Emma Spicer said: “I really hope local people get behind this event. Fundraising for the unit enables us to support premature or poorly babies along with their families.”

Money from the ball will be put towards buying height adjustable cots which are useful for women who have had caesarean sections as they don’t have to reach down to reach their baby.

On the night of the ball, music will be provided by The Moggies and local magician Tom Wright will also be in attendance. There will also be an auction with holidays and other great items up for grabs.

Tickets for the ball are £35 and include the entertainment and a three course meal. They are available from Victoria at Beau Model Hair Salon, Louth, LN11 9PT or by ringing 07790 039443. People can also contact Health Tree Foundation community champion Lauren Alexander on 03033 304514.

The Health Tree Foundation (HTF) is the official charity for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust. Monies raised from this appeal will only be spent on the hospital’s neonatal unit for the benefit of patients and their families. People – including patients, visitors, members of the public and staff – can make a wish via the HTF website,, on how the charities money is spent.


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