Update 19/02/15: A HUGE thank you to everyone whose generous donations helped us reach our original £500 target on Monday. The DVD players have been funded now, which is fantastic news. We've doubled the target to £1000 because the babies in the neonatal unit will always need things, and we will be able to fund more in Hugo's memory.
Thanks for taking the time to visit Leigh and Martin's JustGiving page. We are Hugo's mummy and daddy. We are fundraising for First Touch, the charity for sick and premature babies at St George's Hospital in his memory, for equipment that will help parents learn about and get involved with their baby's care.
Hugo Christopher Dylan Parker was born on February 20 2014 at St George's Hospital, south London. He made his appearance 16 weeks prematurely because his mummy, Leigh had the life-threatening pregnancy complications pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome.
Our feisty little boy was too small and premature, and sadly died on March 27 2014, aged 35 days.
Hugo (the Boss, as he was nicknamed by his nurses) is so loved and missed by his mummy and daddy.
Since Hugo died, we have been fundraising for First Touch in thanks for all the unit did for Hugo and us and so far have bought an oximeter in his name.
Part of Hugo's Legacy involves improving communication for neonatal parents. You're just too stressed and tired to take in all the leaflets and booklets you are given. First Touch is now fundraising for nine portable DVD players for parents to watch Best Beginnings' fabulous 'Small Wonders' films by their baby's side. These short films help parents understand their baby's care, and help empower them to get involved. This is a brilliant idea and will be invaluable for parents. The DVD players cost £85 each. Four players have so far been funded, leaving a further five to find money for - plus headphones so parents can listen to the DVD without disturbing others.
Raising money for these DVD players in Hugo's memory is Martin's lovely idea to mark our special star boy's upcoming first birthday.
Any funds that exceed the fundraising total will contribute to other projects that benefit babies' care.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.