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Appreciative Mum Raises Over £6000 For Blackpool Neonatal Unit

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With the help of friends, family and the local community, an appreciative young mum, Tenille Halewood has presented a cheque an incredible £6036.21 to the Neonatal Unit at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals. After the treatment she and her baby received while under the care of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, Tenille wanted to do something to share her story and give back to the Unit that saved her baby’s life.

“During a regular check-up from the Poulton community midwifes team, they noticed my bump was a bit on the small side for the stage I was at.  The team sent us up to the Vic for a routine growth scan. We are glad we did as this scan picked up that our baby (Rosie) has high cord pressure meaning, she was a lot smaller than she should have been. We were referred to the lovely consultant, Mr Karl McPherson, who helped us put a plan together of what to expect over the pregnancy and what to expect with Rosie coming early.

At 32 weeks, I went into labour early. When we went to the delivery suite, we were told they weren’t sure if Rosie would be breathing or not, so to be prepared for anything. I knew that when she was born, I wouldn’t be able to hold my daughter, she would be taken away for checks and to ensure she was okay. The incredible Neonatal team did everything they could to help and support us during the birth and more importantly, to help Rosie.

When Rosie came out, she needed help with her breathing, but I was lucky enough to have a very quick cuddle with her before the team had to take her for extra help.  The staff could tell that in that moment, that special little hug was exactly what we both needed. It’s for that reason I wanted to do something to give back.

We spent about half a month in the Neonatal unit, with occasional trips to Manchester too. During this time, we watched our little girl get stronger, be able to breath on her own and put weight on. I was so excited for the day when we were allowed to take her from the incubator, put her in a crib and dress her in her first baby clothes after a bath.

I wanted to do everything I could to raise money for the Unit, I have been truly humbled by the support of the local community and businesses who got involved by helping and donating.  It has been a joy being able to tell people Rosie’s story. I know the Unit will use the money in the best way possible to help more babies and families, just like us and Rosie.’

The funds raised by Tenielle and her family and friends, will play a vital role in supporting the Neonatal Unit and Blue Skies’ mission, to provide outstanding patient care at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals.

Blue Skies community Fundraiser, Lyn Peat commented “Tenille is a  a compassionate young lady, with a heart of gold, she is a true inspiration to us all, reminding us of the power of compassion and community spirit.”

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