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!
Since 2009, Emma has been a devoted nurse on St Michael’s Special Care Baby Unit, caring for some of the most critically ill and premature babies from across the South West, South Wales, and beyond. On top of this, Emma is also a long-standing supporter and volunteer for Cots for Tots and since 2012, she has selflessly given up her free time and annual leave to run a weekly fundraising stall in the reception of St Michael’s Hospital.
On her stall, Emma sells a range of knitwear sent in by generous supporters along with a host of Wallace and Gromit merchandise. In just six years, she has raised a staggering £23,000 to support the unit on which she dedicates so much of her time.
Emma said: ‘I absolutely love my job. Each morning, I wake up knowing that the work my colleagues and I do will make a difference to families through what can be the toughest time of their lives. Doing my bit on the stall each week means I can help Cots for Tots provide vital accommodation and comforts for the families I look after every day.’
The money that Emma has raised has helped to fund life-saving equipment, cutting-edge facilities, pioneering research and family comforts including our family accommodation house, which is located just metres from St Michael’s Hospital and acts as a safe, private and free play to stay for parents of babies in the unit. Since opening in 2012, Cots for Tots House has been a home-away-from-home to over 1200 families.
So without further ado, we’d like to give a HUGE thank you to fundraising superhero Emma who has become such a valued member of our team over the years. It is thanks to the incredible commitment of staff members like Emma, that we are able to continue to support the world-class care that the unit delivers 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.