FAMILIES spending Christmas Day on one of the region’s leading Neonatal Units will be greeted with gifts thanks to kind-hearted Teessiders.
Neoangels, the charity which supports families of sick and premature babies on the Neonatal Unit at the University Hospital of North Tees, launched its Christmas gift appeal back in October.
The campaign, which was set up via an Amazon Wish List encouraged people to donate a gift to babies and parents who will be spending Christmas Day on the Neonatal Unit.
Gifts on the Wish List included everything from Christmas books, photo albums and keepsakes to smellies, candles and mugs.
In total, more than 180 gifts have been purchased from previous families who have spent time on the Unit, supporters of Neoangels, and local businesses including CRG Healthcare and Barclaycard.
Lottie King, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We understand how difficult the Neonatal journey is for our families and this is amplified at Christmas time.
“Our priority is to care for the families on our Neonatal Unit and this Christmas we wanted to do something extra special.
“The response we have had from businesses and local families, many of whom have been on the Unit at some stage, has been overwhelming.
“We cannot thank those who have donated enough, they really will be making such a difference on Christmas morning.”
Zoe Musgrave, Staff Nurse and Trustee, added: “Knowing our families will come in to presents on Christmas Day is going to be lovely, especially when some of them will have very poorly little babies.
“People really have been so generous!
“The staff have been really excited to see what’s been donated, and those working Christmas Day are really looking forward to watching our families open their gifts.”
Neoangels offers an array of support to families and staff on the Neonatal Unit at the University Hospital of North Tees including financial help with travel, parking and food costs, emotional support, bereavement care and purchasing medical equipment.