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
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.