Super Sandie’s £130,000 fundraising

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A city mum, whose son was tragically killed in a road traffic collision in 2000, has helped to raise £130,000 for the hospital’s neonatal unit.

Sandie Searle started fundraising shortly after her son Stephen’s death, setting up the Stephen Searle Remembrance Fund to support the neonatal unit where he spent six weeks after being born.

Since then she has amassed £130,000 through a host of events including black tie balls, Elvis tribute nights and family days.

Thanks to her hard work, supported by her friends and family, the hospital has bought incubators, heated mattresses and other equipment.

Her fundraising even led to the development of a room for parents – Stephen’s Room.

Sandie said: “To have a room in Stephen’s name, where parents can spend some really private moments together with their most precious child, and where family members can share the most touching moments in a less clinical environment but with staff close to help, is to me is beyond price.

“That’s why, with the help of others I will carry on raising funds for the neonatal unit and making a difference for babies and their families, in memory of my son.”

For more on the Neonatal Unit and donating call Vanessa Holmes, fundraising manager on 01908 826690.