27th Oct, 2016

Paige helps baby unit

Evesham Editorial 25th Sep, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A SELFLESS Pershore family have donated more than £600 to a hospital unit which cared for their young daughter.

Paige Harvey weighed just 2lb 5oz when she was born ten weeks early at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital but was looked after by doctors and nurses on the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for two and a half months.

The two-year-old joined her mum Angela Grey and sister Jo Greenwood in thanking the staff who helped her when they held a

quiz night and donated a £620 cheque to the unit.

Donations on the night also soared when the youngster went round equipped with a collection tin and her biggest smile to rake in a further £40.

Paige’s family previously donated £500 to the same cause – with their fund-raising total now standing at £1,200 – and are set to continue collecting for the unit for as long as they can.

Angela said: “Looking at her now it’s hard to believe she was so small.

“Until you’re in a situation to need the team here, you don’t realise how important the service they provide here is.”

NICU offers specialist care to young babies born from 28-weeks onwards. One in ten babies are born early and those born

before 34-weeks may need extra help at the unit with breathing, feeding and keeping warm.

Julie McMannis, ward sister, said: “It was lovely to see Paige and her family again, we don’t normally get to see babies once they’ve grown up.

“We are so grateful for all the work they have done to raise this money for us. It will make such a difference to all the families we see here on the unit.”