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Premature babies get a helping “hand”

By 13 July 2023September 27th, 2023No Comments
Group of people holding baby clothes

Premature babies born in the Neonatal Unit at Airedale Hospital are being welcomed into soft and welcoming “hands” thanks to the amazing fundraising efforts of local pub The Dickie Bird near Keighley.

Long-standing supporters of the hospital, they have raised an amazing £1,123 which has enabled them to donate items for the Neonatal Unit, (also known as the special care baby unit) which provides care for babies who need monitoring, investigations and treatments.

Among the items purchased were ten Zaky hands – these larger-than-life hand-shaped comforters wrap around tiny babies to make them feel secure and safe, helping to reduce stress levels and encouraging deep restorative sleep.   Other items purchased from the fundraising event included new fleeces for cots and incubators as well as Muslin cloths and items for mothers on the Unit.

Jodie Hearnshaw, head of charity at Airedale, said:

“We are always extremely grateful to receive the help of the Airedale community.

“Through fundraising and working together, the team at the Dickie Bird have provided incredible support to our Neonatal Unit and some of our smallest patients. Thank you to everyone that got involved.”

Airedale Hospital and Community Charity is the official charity of the Airedale Hospital NHS Trust. For further information or support for fundraising activities, please contact the charity team on or 01535 294870.