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Social Club’s a big supporter of baby unit

17 October 2019

Fundraising

The Neonatal Unit at Southend University Hospital has received £27,230.31 from Ambleside Social Club over the last ten years.

The avid supporters of Southend Hospital have recently joined a new campaign to raise money to buy a Cerebral Function Monitoring machine which will help detect seizures and improve outcomes for new born babies.

The donations over the past ten years have enabled the department to purchase much needed equipment and enhance the facilities for young patients and their families.

Members of the Ambleside Social Club have raised funds for the neonatal unit through their annual charity golf days, a raft race and the Three Peaks Challenge which sees participants climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowdon, within just 24 hours.

Jen Foster, Neonatal Ward Manager, said: "We are so thankful for the support we receive from our community. Currently we are hoping to raise £17,000 to fund a new Cerebral Function Monitoring machine (CFM). CFM monitoring is used for cerebral background activity, to detect seizures, monitor treatment effects and to predict neurodevelopmental outcomes of new-borns. A newer, more advanced machine has been developed which would enable our Neonatal team to send images to Tertiary centres for expert advice and to compare studies. We are grateful to Ambleside Social Club for their support in helping us to purchase this equipment."

Kayley Donovan, Community Fundraising Manager, said: "We are so grateful to every member at the Ambleside Social Club for their continued support and for kick-starting this new fundraising campaign for the CFM machine with their donations throughout 2019. Special thanks to Peter Rawle, William Stothard, Alan Raffety, Bill Walker, James Trevers, Lauren Turner, Richard Henry, Steve Sanders, Kevin Perry and Danny Nugent, who have all gone the extra mile to make a difference to our patients.'

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Photo caption: Left to Right: Ward Manager Jen Foster, Kayley Donovan, members from the Ambleside Social Club and Practice Educator Vicky Thompson.