Sheffield dad in vow to help hospital

Pictured is Iain Martin at home in Clough Grove,Oughtibridge with his wife Gemma and twins Harry & Leila aged 8 months old
Pictured is Iain Martin at home in Clough Grove,Oughtibridge with his wife Gemma and twins Harry & Leila aged 8 months old
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A businessman and first-time father has launched a fundraising drive for the Sheffield medical unit which saved the lives of his twin babies.

Harry and Leyla Martin needed specialist care when they were born at Sheffield’s Jessop Wing hospital in November last year, weighing less than 4lbs each.

The tiny tots were delivered by emergency caesarean and quickly moved to the Special Care Baby Unit.

Medics worked hard to get the babies healthy enough to spend their first Christmas at home - and dad Iain was so impressed he vowed to show his gratitude to Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Iain, of Oughtibrige, said: “I can’t stress enough how amazing the Jessop wing, Special Care Baby Unit and transitional care was. We needed 24-hour help, which we received and this was unconditional.

“There is a lot of negative press about hospitals. I feel it’s high time that a positive story about their care and professionalism is told to balance things out. These people and the service they provide cannot be faulted.”

Harry and Leyla made a full recovery from their ordeal and have grown into a pair of healthy, bouncy babies - a handful for Iain and mum Gemma, 34.

But that has not stopped 31-year-old Iain, who runs the website Regatta Professional from his Sheffield office on behalf of the outdoor clothing brand, from staying true to his promise.

Iain has offered the expertise of his marketing teams to create banners for an awareness drive.

He is also donating 10p from every pound spent online at Regatta Professional to the Sheffield Hospitals Charity if customers enter the code SHCT1 at the checkout.

He said: “There are a great many charities which people can donate to, but this charity makes a real difference to people’s lives and affects the wider community in South Yorkshire. I’m probably giving away about 50 per cent of my profits but it’s a worthy cause.”

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