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Three new incubators for Neonatal Unit in memory of Baby Graham

Newsdate: June 2019 

Newborn patients at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust are set to benefit from a generous donation of three new incubators, which have been purchased for the Trust’s Neonatal Unit in memory of baby Graham Robert Hurst.

Baby Graham was born sleeping on 13th March, 2015 after his mum, Rebecca, contracted Cytomegalovirus (CMV), a common virus that is usually harmless but can cause problems if caught during pregnancy.

Keith Halliday, Chair of the Baby G Fund said; “The Baby G Fund was set up in December 2015 following the tragic loss of baby Graham. His parents, Rebecca and Graham, made a promise to their son, that they would do something positive to honour him and to help other people.

“The fund was established to raise money to buy an incubator for the Neonatal Unit at Wigan Infirmary and coffee mornings, a tuck shop at Bolton Police Station and personal donations have all contributed to the cause.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the Fund. We will continue fundraising, working with the hospital’s Three Wishes charity in order to provide further medical equipment for the Neonatal Unit at Wigan Infirmary.

“In 2018 we found out that we had raised enough to buy three incubators to help seriously ill newborns and, hopefully, the people of Wigan and the surrounding boroughs will benefit from the donation.”

Julie Armstrong, Senior Nurse and Neonatal Unit Co-ordinator, thanked the family for the donation by saying; "We were absolutely delighted when the family and friends of baby Graham decided to fundraise for our Neonatal Unit.

“They have turned what must have been a devastatingly sad event, into a positive by channelling their grief into an enormously productive fundraising project.

“We now have three brand new incubators which we are extremely grateful for and they will serve the babies who need a little extra help after birth for many years to come.”