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Singing brings much joy and funds to Southend Hospital’s Neonatal Unit

03 July 2019


Southend Hospital’s Neonatal Unit for new mums and their babies has received a donation of £1,400 from local choir, Vocal Ease. The money was raised as part of their tenth anniversary celebrations.

Vocal Ease was formed by Lesley Flemming whose grandson was born with a rare genetic condition and was treated at the Neonatal Unit seven years ago.

Lesley said:"Thanks to the marvellous work of all the consultants and medical team at the Neonatal Unit, they saved my grandson's life. He is deaf as a result of the condition but is now a happy and very affectionate seven year old little boy.

"As a way of saying thank you, I decided to raise money for the unit at our choir concert and we have been doing so every year since then. We have raised £8,000 in total over the last seven years."

Lesley added: "For me and my family, no words can express our gratitude for saving my grandson's precious life but we hope our small donations will go some way to helping others."

Vicky Thompson, Neonatal Practice Educator at Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said:"We are so grateful for the continued support that we have received from Lesley and the Vocal Ease choir over many years. Charitable donations enable us to purchase new equipment and make improvements to our facilities, for both the patients and their families. We wouldn't be able to do this without the support we receive from our local community, we are truly thankful."


Photo caption: Vicky Thompson (Neonatal Practice Educator), Choir member Adam Meredith, Kara Gerrie (Neonatal Nurse) and Choir Founder Lesley Flemming.