Fun day to help other families

Nicole and Chris Swallow with their son Harrison are organising a fun day to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit

Nicole and Chris Swallow with their son Harrison are organising a fun day to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit

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The fantastic care given to this little boy when he was born two months early has inspired a mum to want to give something back.

Nicole Swallow, from Layton, is organising a big family fun day in June, in aid of Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU).

The event will take place at the BJFF (Bispham Junior Football Federation) Community Hub, Bispham Gala Field, on June 13 and will include stalls, entertainment, bouncy castles, face-painting, games and raffles.

And Nicole is currently hoping local businesses and residents will get involved and help with donations of prizes for the big day.

The 32-year-old, who works in an estate agents, and her husband, firefighter Chris, 37, have first-hand experience of the work of the unit – after their son Harrison was born at just 32 weeks and spend the first five weeks of his life there.

Harrison, now 22 months, weighed just 3lbs 10oz when he was born by an emergency C-section.

Nicole – who suffered from severe pre-eclampsia during pregnancy, leading to the procedure, which could have meant complications for Harrison – said: “Harrison spent the first five weeks of his life in this amazing unit and under the 24/7 care of the fantastic staff who work there.

“He was grown into a cheeky, healthy 22-month-old boy, who is full of character and a real pleasure to have in our home.

“He has advanced and developed amazingly quickly and we put this down to his level of care during these five weeks.

“We as a family were very lucky, because Harrison was born without any major complications. Sadly, other families aren’t as fortunate and Chris and myself witnessed this first-hand.

“I always said I wanted to do something to show my appreciation to SCBU.

“I have set up a fund-raising page and this event to raise funds to help this special team, who make such a huge difference to families’ lives when they need it most and feel their most vulnerable.

“You don’t realise just how much good work SCBU actually does until you see it yourself.

“They are so accommodating and make you feel nothing is too much trouble. They take care of the families, as well as the babies. I really hope people will come along to the family fun day, or donate a prize for the tombola or raffle, or consider making a donation to the page.

“The BJFF has been great with us hosting the event there and everyone has really rallied round so far.

“I know it’s a cliché, but every donation – no matter how small – really will help.”

The Just Giving page is www.justgiving.com/BlackpoolvicscbuFunday1362015

You can also search for SCBU Family Fun Day on Facebook or email scbufunday@yahoo.co.uk