Support from Swindon's Islamic community completes incubator appeal for the GWH Special Care Baby UnitBrighter Futures, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s charity, has successfully closed its £175,000 Incubator Appeal thanks to the continued generosity of the local community and a final pledge from the Swindon Islamic community.
Brighter Futures launched the appeal last March and within nine months has achieved its target to raise £175,000 to purchase five Dräger Babyleo neonatal incubators for the Special Care Baby Unit at GWH.
These incubators are designed to meet the complex needs of special care babies, creating a special healing micro-environment, whilst providing parents with easy access to their baby.
Over the past ten months, the local people of Swindon and the surrounding area have been actively involved in all sorts of fund raising campaigns. These included the Big Give Christmas Challenge, which was a huge success thanks to the Dr Thomas Cranston Wilson Charitable Trust and the Reed Foundation for matching the funds.
Together, they have given the Trust’s smallest patients the best possible start in life.
Catherine Newman is Associate Director of Fundraising at Brighter Futures: “We’re delighted to have hit the target for our Incubator Appeal just in time for Christmas! We can now replace five of the ten incubators with these new state-of-the-art incubators. We might even be in a position to replace the remaining five with the on-going fundraising plans for 2019."
“It’s wonderful how the whole community has been united to smash the target for this appeal and we are so grateful for everyone’s support with special thanks to Mr Mogul and the Swindon Islamic Community who really got behind the appeal and helped us hit the target.
Mr Mohammed Ishak Mogul is chairman of the Thamesdown Islamic Association and the Swindon Muslim Council: “I caught wind of the Incubator Appeal on radio one morning, and as part of a predominant community in Swindon, we’d love to help our local community and we want to start with supporting charities that are closer to home."
"GWH is such a big part of Swindon, caring for thousands of patients, so this is our way of saying thank you for the excellent service.”
Brighter Futures launched the appeal in partnership with the local charity New Life, which is dedicated to raising money for special care baby units. Trevor Goodall set up New Life in 1995 in memory of his sons who were born three months prematurely and died a week later. When the appeal was launched he pledged the charity's firm support: "We will do all we can to help achieve the £175,000 total as quickly as possible.”
Dr Sarah Bates is a Consultant Neonatologist at GWH: “These incubators use the very latest technology to help the neonatal team to give the very smallest and sickest babies the best chance at a healthy future. Evidence shows that, for these babies, having contact with their parents early on is very beneficial, and these incubators support that in a very special way."
L to r with one of the new incubators - Dr Sarah Bates, Trevor Goodall from New Life & Catherine Newman