Sheffield firm elects Rotherham baby unit as charity of the year

New good cause&Staff nurse June Adams and health cares Janette Burton meet Wake Smith solicitor and charitable board member Kate Lax and baby George at the Special Care Baby Unit at Rotherham Hospital

New good cause&Staff nurse June Adams and health cares Janette Burton meet Wake Smith solicitor and charitable board member Kate Lax and baby George at the Special Care Baby Unit at Rotherham Hospital

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A Sheffield firm has chosen Rotherham Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit as its chosen charity for 2016/17.

Employees at Wake Smith Solicitors nominated the unit after hearing about its amazing work from solicitor Kate Lax, who experienced support there following the birth of her son George earlier this year.

Kate, a solicitor and charitable board member at Wake Smith, said: “My little boy was admitted to the Special Care Baby Unit shortly after he was born and remained in hospital for approximately four weeks, which I can easily say were the hardest few weeks of my life. However, the care and support we received, not only for George in terms of medical support, but also the emotional support provided by the nursing staff to my husband and I, was truly amazing.

“We were provided with a room so we could be beside our little boy 24/7 and we did not want for anything. I cannot thank the staff on the unit enough for their amazing work and dedication.”

The firm’s charitable board is now working hard to drive fundraising and organise numerous events throughout the next 12 months, and has already banked more than £800 for the unit. The cash collected will go towards the unit’s work to enhance the comfort of families and babies during their stay on the unit, which can care for up to 14 babies at any one time and has approximately 300 admissions every year.

Kathryn Parke, ward manager of the unit, said: “Our unit provides some of the sickest and smallest babies in the area with the specialist care they need. We have a great team who work incredibly hard to look after these babies and give their families the support they require at what is an incredibly difficult time for them.”

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