Inspirational mum raises £7,000 for six new hospital machines

Charity Manager for Cash for Kids, Nikki Thompson; Sarah Schofield with Sophie, Neonatal Ward Manager, Catherine Nash; Staff Nurse Anita Payne and Sister Katie Lander with the new equipment
Charity Manager for Cash for Kids, Nikki Thompson; Sarah Schofield with Sophie, Neonatal Ward Manager, Catherine Nash; Staff Nurse Anita Payne and Sister Katie Lander with the new equipment
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Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Neonatal unit has received new equipment thanks to a grateful mum.

Sarah Schofield raised £7,000 with the help of Rock FM’s charity Cash for Kids in order to buy six NeoFlow machines and a portable monitor that provides breathing support for preterm babies.

She said she was determined to repay staff’s kindness there after they helped care for her son Ethan Lee in 2013, when he was born at just 24 weeks.

The youngster died three weeks later, with Sarah running various events since then to buy the unit new equipment. They include a charity ball, raffles, quiz nights, and bag packing.

Sarah said: “It’s fantastic to hear all the money has gone to a great cause in supplying great equipment.

“The equipment will benefit not just a few babies but hundreds of babies that have to pass through the ward each and every year.

“Not only does this keep Ethan’s spirit going but with us having to live each and every day in the hospital. it made us realise we were one of many sets of parents who had to fight this battle each day.

“We want to help future families having to go down this same journey.”

Ward Manager Catherine Nash said: “Ethan was such a special little boy and it’s a privilege to be presented with equipment that has been donated in his memory.

“It was lovely that his sister was here to see the equipment her dedicated mummy has supplied to help other babies.”