A South Yorkshire couple is doubling their son’s Christening up as a charity fundraising event - to raise cash for the neonatal unit that helped save his life.
Thomas Meyers was born 13 weeks prematurely at Barnsley Hospital on February 12 2015, weighing a tiny 1lb 11oz.
His growth in the womb had slowed down due to his mother Janine developing pre-eclampsia during the pregnancy, and he was delivered by emergency caesarean section at just 27 weeks and four days.
Now his parents, Scott and Janine Meyers, have organised Thomas’ Tiny Hearts Fundraiser next month, to celebrate the christening of their baby boy and raise funds for the Tiny Hearts Appeal.
The Tiny Hearts Appeal is a campaign to raise £1 million to support a new Neonatal unit at Barnsley Hospital, built around the needs of babies and their families. The unit, which will include state-of-the-art equipment, will be situated on the same level as the Barnsley Birthing Centre, meaning babies will not have to be exposed to different environments and temperature changes.
Scott said: “We really wanted to give something back to the unit for everything they did for Thomas. They were absolutely amazing and we can’t thank them enough – they saved his life.
“This event is just something we wanted to do to say thank you. We also want to raise awareness of pre-eclampsia as this is a condition that pregnant women may get and can be fatal to both mother and baby if it goes undetected.”
The Barnsley couple have had tremendous support from family, friends and local businessed who’ve donated auction and raffle prizes for the charity evening, at Alexandra Working Men’s Club in Royston, on October 3.
Visit www.justgiving.com/thomasjmeyers to donate.