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Parents donate £10,000 in memory of baby son

03 March 2009

A couple whose baby son lost his brave fight for life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital have raised £10,000 for the unit to thank the staff who cared for him.

A couple whose baby son lost his brave fight for life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital have raised £10,000 for the unit to thank the staff who cared for him.

Baby Harvey was born prematurely at Watford Hospital on 12 February 2007 and transferred immediately to the NICU at Chelsea and Westminster because it is a specialist regional unit which cares for 500 sick and very premature babies every year.

Sadly Harvey only lived for one day because he was born with such severe medical problems but his parents, Jade Graham and Mark Brough-Lisles, have nothing but praise for the staff who looked after him in NICU.

Jade said: “They fought so hard for Harvey while he was alive and we wanted to do something to show how grateful we were.

“We wanted to raise money for this unit at Chelsea and Westminster because this is the place where Harvey spent time while he was alive.”

Friends and family helped to raise a grand total of £10,000, thanks in particular to the efforts of the couple’s friend Simon Tring who took part in the Great North Run half marathon in Newcastle.

Jade and Mark returned to NICU to meet staff who cared for Harvey including Professor Neena Modi and Modern Matron, Alex Mancini.

The couple were accompanied by their children Amelia (14 months) and baby Mason (two weeks) as well as other friends and family.

Alex Mancini, Modern Matron on NICU, said: “We want to say a massive thank you to Mark and Jade and their friends and family for raising so much money for the unit.

“We are overwhelmed by their generosity and we are extremely grateful.”

Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity would like to thank Jade and Mark and everyone who helped them to fundraise such a staggering amount for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Charity, simply call 020 3315 6614 or visit their website at www.chelwestcharity.org.uk and follow the ‘Donate Now’ links to make a donation online.