THE Citizen-backed Little Lives Appeal reached its £250,000 target this week.
The money will ensure thousands more tiny lives will be saved in years to come at the hospital’s neonatal unit for sick and premature babies.
The mammoth fundraising drive has spanned the entire community of Milton Keynes.
From toddlers taking part in sponsored buggy pushes to pensioners organising coffee mornings, everybody has given their all for the appeal, which was started four years ago by the neonatal nurses themselves.
They currently save the lives of 350 babies a year, but the unit needs more space, more cots and more state-of-the-art medical equipment – all items the hard-pushed hospital budget cannot afford.
Headed by neonatal unit manger Glenda Deacon, the nurses worked tirelessly for the appeal, turning up to support Little Lives events almost every week in their off duty hours.
“We are thrilled,” said Glenda. “And we are so grateful to many, many people – past parents, past babies, who are all grown up now, as well as individuals and companies in and around Milton Keynes.”
Some of the Little Lives Appeal money has already been well spent. The cot area and main neonatal reception has been transformed and better facilities have been provided for anxious parents – including a mews area where they can stay.
But most importantly, the cash will pay for three more high dependency cots and related equipment to give hope to the tiniest babies of all.
Details of an official celebration to mark the end of the appeal will be announced shortly. Meanwhile hospital fundraising manger Vanessa Holmes said: “Reaching the target is a huge achievement and one everybody should be proud of.