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£3,300raised of £3,000 target by 94 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,300 to buy equipment and improve parent facilities at the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Units at Royal Bolton Hospital and Birmingham Women's Hospital.

    Location
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    Time left
    Funded on Thursday, 23rd February 2017

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    I've started this page as a first time father to my twin girls who were born at the end of July 2016 at 23 weeks and 5 days. My daughters were born weighing 592g (1lb 5oz) and 651g (1lb 7oz).

    Until a few months ago, I didn’t fully appreciate what Neo-Natal Intensive Care meant. I knew that it was intensive care for babies but know I know that “intensive care for babies” doesn’t come close to describing what having a baby in intensive care actually means to a parent. Neo-natal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) are there for babies who are born too early or too sick. My daughters were swiftly taken to a level 3 NICU after birth and remained in NICU for 10 weeks in different hospitals. One has now made it to the Special Care Baby Unit and her sister is in the High Dependency Unit. Between them, they have a few more months of staying in hospital ahead of them.

    Without the specialist equipment supporting them and the amazing staff caring for them, my wife and I know that our daughters likely wouldn't have lived for more than an hour. However, today, they reached their 13 week milestone.

    The funds raised will be split between the NICUs at the Royal Bolton Hospital (where the girls were born and initially cared for) and the Birmingham Women's Hospital (where they will stay for the coming weeks, if not months). The funds will be used to buy life changing equipment for neonates and to improve the parent's accommodation and facilities to make the days and weeks parents are there slightly more comfortable.

    If you wish to help in other ways, please consider donating some time to give blood. On average, 1 adult donation is enough for 4 neo-natal blood transfusions. In their first 10 weeks, our girls have had a combined total of 21 blood transfusions.

    If you would like to understand more about our journey so far, please visit www.thefirst6weeks.com.

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    • Michael Cunningham

      Michael Cunningham

      3 months ago

      Michael Cunningham

      Thank you for all the support and donations you have given. The fundraising ended in February and, as promised, we have made the amount back up to the amount that had been raised. This meant we had 2 comically sized cheques, each for £1,650, waiting to be presented to each of the units. With the Easter bank holidays we were able to find the time to visit each of the units and present them with their cheques. More of our thanks and what the money will be used for can be found here: http://thefirst6weeks.com/2017/04/24/thank-you/

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    • Michael Cunningham

      Michael Cunningham

      5 months ago

      Michael Cunningham

      Yesterday was a sad day and it reminds me why the equipment and neonatal units we are supporting are so important. Natalie Alyssa Cunningham was born on 27 July 2016. She has fought hard for every breath since then, but sadly took her last yesterday afternoon. She passed away peacefully in our arms, aged 5 months and 9 days. Should anyone wish to give flowers or gifts at this time, we would instead ask if you would mind making a donation so that others can benefit from the care these units provide in the future.

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    • Michael Cunningham

      Michael Cunningham

      7 months ago

      Michael Cunningham

      We are overwhelmed by everyone's support and generosity in the last few days. It really means a lot to both of us that friends, family and friends of friends are willing to help us say thank you to units looking after our girls. These units have helped our girls grow so much and this photo shows how far they've come.

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    • Michael Cunningham

      Michael Cunningham

      7 months ago

      Michael Cunningham

      Sam and I would like you all to know that we have agreed to cover the fees taken by JustGiving. Therefore the amount all of you wonderful people raise is what will be shared between the units. It's the least we can do after seeing all of your generosity.

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    Supporters

    94

    • Kerry Jones

      Kerry Jones

      Feb 21, 2017

      £20.00

    • Kirran Bachra

      Kirran Bachra

      Feb 21, 2017

      £10.00

    • Lauren Murphy

      Lauren Murphy

      Feb 14, 2017

      From 1 parent of preemie twins to another....no words can describe my devastation for you....massive hugs xx

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 20, 2017

      £40.00

    • Dean Cunningham

      Dean Cunningham

      Jan 19, 2017

      £100.00

    • Nora

      Nora

      Jan 19, 2017

      Thinking of you all on this difficult day. xxx

      £30.00

    • Mike Kirkby

      Mike Kirkby

      Jan 19, 2017

      Fantastic cause to help other receive the brilliant level of care like you had. All our love

      £50.00

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    Michael Cunningham

    Michael Cunningham

    Birmingham, United Kingdom

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