The 15th of May was officially International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day! To celebrate, St Michael’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) held a raffle and also launched their first ever NICU Coffee Morning event which will now take place every Tuesday at our Cots for Tots House.
Calling all trail fans! The countdown is well and truly on, and with less than two months to go, we are so excited to announce the full list of sponsors and locations which will be home our incredible sculptures of Wallace, Gromit and Feathers McGraw this summer.
When Andrew and Lorraine’s daughter Evie was born, she was treated for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy(HIE), which is limitation of oxygen and blood flow around the time of birth. HIE causes brain injury and can result in cerebral palsy and was caused by the placenta separating too early from the uterus. Following an emergency c-section at Gloucester Royal Hospital, Evie was immediately resuscitated.
Here at Cots for Tots, we are so lucky to work with some of the most dedicated and inspiring staff at St Michael’s Special Care Baby Unit who go out of their way to support the work we do. One individual that we are delighted to spotlight on International Nurses Day is Senior Staff Nurse, Emma Stuart!
In the 10 years since Cots for Tots Appeal was first launched, we have funded over £2 million of lifesaving, pioneering medical equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Michael’s Hospital, and have provided parents of babies in NICU with a safe, private and free place to stay at Cots for Tots House during one of the most difficult times of their lives.
Thanks to money raised by you, together with funds from the Chancellor using LIBOR funds, we have been able to provide a brand new, pioneering Babypod trolley configured especially for transferring twins and accompanying equipment for the Neonatal Emergency Stabilisation and Transport (NEST) team.
With the New Year upon us, it is no surprise that our fantastic fundraisers are ready for a brand new challenge to get their teeth into! And what better way to kick-start 2018 than by signing up for one of the most popular city centre events in the UK, the Bath Half Marathon!
Dedicated NICU nurse, Lauren, is just one of the runners braving this year’s course in aid of Cots for Tots! We caught up with her recently to find out more about why she’s decided to dust off her running shoes to raise funds for the sick babies that she spends the majority of her week caring for.
When Julia was pregnant with Dolly, she had no idea of the traumatic birth that awaited her, nor the life threatening experience that her daughter would face. To thank the Special Care Baby Unit for saving her life, Dolly’s dad Kristen took on a half marathon with friends and raised thousands of pounds to support the purchase of a respiratory system which helps babies to breathe.
Having a baby in the Special Care Baby Unit is an extremely worrying and stressful experience and Asado’s owner Lucien and his family know this only too well. When Lucien and Jacquie were exchanging contracts and entering the final stages of opening burger joint, Asado earlier this year, their new-born Mylo was being treated in in St Michael’s Hospital. After a difficult birth, Mylo became poorly and suffered an infection. His bruises developed into a cyst meaning that he had to stay in the unit for a further eight days after delivery.