Twins benefit from a generous donation

Twin babies being treated in the neonatal unit at Royal Hampshire County Hospital are now able to share their first days together thanks to the donation of a twin cot.

Tuesday 06 November 2018


Twin Cot Donation

Staff from the neonatal unit at Winchester hospital with the new twin cot


Ickle Pickles, a national charity that helps to provide equipment for neonatal units across England and Wales, asked staff in the neonatal unit to give them a wish list of equipment that would improve the care provided to babies in the unit.

As there has been an increase in multiple births, staff identified the need for a special cot for twins, which enables the babies to sleep next to each other while remaining in a safe and spacious environment.

Ickle Pickles were able to help, donating the £2,800 cot, which includes a canopy that simulates day and night environments and allows parents to see their babies together, which has been shown to reduce stress levels.

Raewyn Twaddle, neonatal services team leader, said: “We’re incredibly thankful to Ickle Pickles for their continued support with fundraising and purchasing specialist equipment.

“Having a twin cot allows twins to be cared for together as they often would be at home and helps the whole family to be as involved as possible in their care.”

Rachael Marsh, co-founder of Ickle Pickles, said: “We are delighted to have purchased a twin cot for the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.

“This cot will assist with the bonding, development and general wellbeing of twins needing specialist care. The benefits of twins being together at such a crucial time in their lives are huge. It makes the babies and their parents happy at what is always a stressful time.”

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