Stevenage mum raises thousands for life-saving baby unit

Senior sister Lisa Partridge, Maria Hastings, nurse team leader Vanessa Harris and consultant Dr Kef

Senior sister Lisa Partridge, Maria Hastings, nurse team leader Vanessa Harris and consultant Dr Kefas - Credit: Archant

A MUM has raised more than £5,000 for babies in a special care unit after her nephew received life-saving treatment there.

Maria Hastings, a mum-of-two from Stevenage, held a charity ball at the Ramada Cromwell in the Old Town and raised £5133.71 for the Special Care Baby Unit at Lister Hospital.

She presented a cheque to staff at the unit last week, and the money will be used by the East and North Herts Hospitals Charity to buy a vapotherm – a respiratory machine to support babies with their breathing.

Maria said she felt compelled to raise money for the unit after her nephew was cared for there in August 2011.

The 32-year-old said: “After my nephew Bradley was given a chance of life at the Special Care Baby Unit, I felt motivated and passionate in raising at least £5,000 to supply more life-saving equipment so they can continue saving more babies every day.”


You may also want to watch:


For more information about the East and North Herts Hospitals Charity, call the team on 01438 285182, email fundraising.enh-tr@nhs.net or visit www.enherts-tr.nhs.uk

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter