Heaven-sent boost for Little Lives fund

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IT was not pennies from heaven but thousands of pounds when a city church raised cash for the Little Lives Appeal.

King Court Chapel donated £2,000 to the hospital’s neonatal unit.

The money will be used to buy much-needed breast pumps to help mums feed sick or premature babies who are too tiny to suck.

Sola Ewedemi, minister in charge, said: “Kings Court Chapel is very much a part of the community, having been established in Milton Keynes for over seven years.

“As part of our community outreach project, we wanted to do something really meaningful that would touch lives and change destinies.

“The Little Lives Appeal came out tops.”

The appeal aims to raise £250,000 to extend, improve and upgrade the neonatal unit, which saves the lives of hundreds of babies every year.

Because of increased demand, the unit desperately needs more high-dependency cots.

One supporter is MP Iain Stewart who said: “Kings Court Chapel’s generous donation is just one example of Milton Keynes being a beacon of the big society.

“I have heard many moving stories of how the neonatal unit helps families. None of us knows if a close relative or friend will one day need something like this.”

For more information on helping the Citizen-backed appeal contact fundraising manager Vanessa Bootle on MK 826690.

If you wish to make a donation, you can download a gift form from the hospital website www.mkgeneral.nhs.uk and send it, along with a cheque made payable to ‘Milton Keynes Hospital – Neonatal Unit,’ to Vanessa Bootle, Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Standing Way, Eaglestone, Milton Keynes, MK6 5LD.

Don’t forget to tick the Gift Aid to boost your gift by 25 per cent.