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raised of £1,000 target by 21 supporters

    Weʼve raised £940 to help every family admitted to Nottingham Neonatal Units & Hull Neonatal Unit receive a Ciarán's Bag

    Funded on Wednesday, 25th October 2023

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    Ciarán’s Bags are hospital bags I have created to help families in The Neonatal Unit, I would love for each family to receive one on admission to the unit, one of the hardest parts of your journey so you know you are not alone.

    We currently Supply Nottingham, & Hull Neonatal Unit with more hospitals on the list.

    So, a little background behind ‘Ciarán’s Bags’ and why it is so important.

    August 2012, I had my second child Molly. She was born at 28 weeks, before this time I had never even heard of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit NICU. At the time I was working as a Healthcare Assistant at Queens Medical Centre “QMC”, Nottingham and I went into work one Saturday on a night shift and never left the hospital again until nearly two months later. I went into early labour that night and a whole new world opened up for me that I never knew existed.

    Molly was born very premature at a minute into my 28th week of pregnancy, she was taken straight to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a place which would become home to me for the next few months.

    I spent the first three years of Molly’s life in and out of hospital and there were times when my eldest was also admitted, so as you can imagine I spent a lot of time in different children’s wards.

    In April 2019 Ciarán was born at 34 weeks after a very turbulent pregnancy and a lot of in & out of hospital again. My children started to call QMC - My hospital. Ciarán had a rough entrance to the world and yet again I was entering the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

    For the first year of Ciarán’s life I was back in and out of the same hospital, we also entered the world of Paediatric Intensive Care Unit; another world where you cannot explain unless you have been in there.

    Parents get put into these new worlds every day and their whole lives are turned upside down.

    The idea of ‘Ciarán’s Bags’ is to try & help a little in a family's time of need. They are filled with items such as toiletries, water bottle, coffee mug, slipper socks, snacks & some personal items. You don’t plan to go to these units so you haven’t packed a bag, you have nothing which happened to me a lot, so to be handed a bag like this would have meant the world to me.

    I want to be able to just give a little back to the two units that saved two of my children more than once.

    After many requests now from hospitals across the country I now want to be able to get as many bags as possible together.

    Each bag cost around £20 to make so we really appreciate every little bit of support.

    There are lots of way you can help, so please get in touch.

    Thank you so much.

    Sarah @ Ciarán's Bags



    • Sarah Massey1 year ago
      Sarah Massey

      Sarah Massey

      1 year ago

      Hi all, I just wanted to pop an update, thank you so so much for all your kind donations. We got 20 filled bags into Hull Neonatal Unit last week, we are working on 20 for Kingsmill Unit and have more coming up. Head over to our Instagram page @Ciaransbags you can keep up to date with us. Thank you again all so much xxx

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    • Sarah Massey1 year ago
      Sarah Massey

      Sarah Massey

      1 year ago

      Hi all, we now have a number of new hospitals on board who would love to receive our bags. Lincoln, Leeds, James Cook & Hull. xxx

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    • Sarah Massey1 year ago
      Sarah Massey

      Sarah Massey

      1 year ago

      Hi all, We are working hard on getting our next set of bags into QMC PICU we have 20 bags to make. Any help at all is greatly appreciated. Thank you so much xx

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    • Yasmin


      Mar 10, 2023

      Amazing work. I could have really done with this pick me up when in NICU x


    • Caroline Gilchrist

      Caroline Gilchrist

      Feb 3, 2023

      Well done Sarah, keep up the great work 👏🏻🥰

    • Chloe


      Feb 2, 2023

      Thank you for being you x

    • Zoe


      Jan 5, 2023


    • Miracle moon

      Miracle moon

      Dec 30, 2022


    • Sam and Lisa

      Sam and Lisa

      Dec 20, 2022

      Keep up the great work!

    • Ronnie & Violet

      Ronnie & Violet

      Nov 27, 2022

      Not as good of a moustache as our dad but all for a great cause Uncle Tommy xx


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    Sarah Massey

    Sarah Massey

    Hi, I run Ciarán’s Bags providing hospital bags to families in Nottingham Neonatal Units, these are bags filled with items to help in their time of need.

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