Zoe MusgraveTrustee/Neonatal Nurse
We’d love you to say a great big hi and give a wave to Zoe Musgrave! Zoe, who is also not just a Trustee but a Neonatal Nurse too started her career back in 2010 working as a staff nurse in the Health Visiting Community Team.
In 2011 Zoe started her journey as a Neonatal Nurse up at Sunderland Royal Hospital where she stayed for two years, wanting to be a little closer to home, she took a job on the Children’s Ward at the University Hospital of North Tees.
Although she loved working with older children and seeing such a huge variety of different illnesses and medical needs, Zoe missed life on the Neonatal Unit. Luckily a job came up on our unit three years ago and she’s never looked back!
Zoe strives to improve care for babies and this passion is not only what drives her in her role as a nurse, but for her role in the charity. When the idea of a charity was proposed by one of the Sisters on the unit, Zoe knew immediately she wanted to help and be a part of not only improving care for babies, but also for families too.
Zoe was one of the founding members of Neoangels and has played a massive part in getting us where we are today. If you want to know the secret to Zoe’s success of being a mum to a little boy and a nurse and trustee, the answer is night shift chocolate – she can’t get through a night shift without it!
Jodie JenkinsTrustee/Neonatal Nurse
Say a big lovely hello to Jodie Jenkins! Jodie is not only one of our trustees, she’s also a Neonatal Nurse on the unit we support.
Jodie has been working on Ward 23 for 10 years this year, and her favourite part of her job is firsts. She loves that first visit from parents when they come up to the unit and see their baby for the first time, those precious first cuddles, first time baby gets to wear clothes and not forgetting their first bath! She also loves hearing about families and their babies to get to know them better.
Jodie joined Neoangels in January of this year and she plays a key part in the charity, its running and its success.
Jodie is always partial to a good cup of tea (she’ll never turn you down), and she spends her down time and days off with her little girl and husband. You can usually find her camping on her weekends off as she loves the outdoors!
Give a warm welcome to Lottie King. Lottie is not only the Chair of Neoangels, she’s also a mum to three little boys, two of which were cared for on the Neonatal Unit. Lottie’s journey with our ward began in January 2015 when her twin boys Leo and Oska were born at 24+3 weeks and 25 weeks’ gestation (you read that right, her twins were born four days apart!).
Heartbreakingly Leo lost his fight and grew his angel wings after several hours, Oska however, stayed on the unit for a further 16 weeks and came home after 109 days. Lottie has always felt massive gratitude towards the ward and not only the care her boys’ received, but the care she received as a mum. She was thrilled to have been asked to come and be part of the Neoangels family in March and is passionate and dedicated to supporting other families who will go through the same as she has.
Before her neonatal journey started, Lottie worked as a Public Relations Executive in both London and Teesside. She splits her time between working for Neoangels and running around after her boys who keep her very much on her toes! In her downtime, you can normally find Lottie spending much loved time with her family as her partner works away, and she is always partial to a good slice of cake and a good binge on Grey’s Anatomy (we don’t think she’s stopped watching it on repeat since 2005!)