Schoolgirl’s fundraiser pulls in the pounds for Neonatal Unit

BABIES being treated in the Neonatal Unit at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital are to benefit from the fundraising efforts of a Chineham schoolgirl.

Thursday 13 April 2017


Neonatal Donation

Mary Land-Wilkins in a reclining chair, which her fundraising efforts will help to buy more of, with her mum, Georgina Land-Wilkins, Grazia Sinar, Clinical Matron, and other staff from the Neonatal Unit at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital


Four Lanes Community Junior School pupil Mary Land-Wilkins raised an impressive £533.86 for the unit, which treats newborn babies in need of special care, by running a charity event at The Chineham Arms earlier this month.

The eight-year-old sold teddies, books, sweets and cakes and ran a tombola in the garden of pub, while the proceeds of a quiz also went to the appeal.

Mary said: “I just wanted to help babies that are born early to grow and get better, so I am really pleased to have raised this much money. I did not expect to raise so much, so thank you to everybody who came and bought things from me.”

The money will be used to help buy a new reclining chair, which makes it easier for new mums to breastfeed, and apnoea monitors, which check a baby’s breathing while they are asleep.

Grazia Sinar, Clinical Matron on the Neonatal Unit at Basingstoke hospital, which is run by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are all really grateful for Mary’s effort and generosity. She has done a fabulous job to raise so much money and everybody is really touched that she thought of us.”

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