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Students Turn Santa at Special Care Baby Unit

17.12.2013
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L-R: Robert Emery (Head of 6a), Shebnem Judi, Lewis Still, William Tremellen, Molly Polak, KGH Staff Lisa McKenna (Sister), Sara Hales and at the front is Manoj Sandhu (Lecturer at Tresham)

Students from Tresham’s 6a Sixth Form Academy have delivered presents to Kettering General Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit just in time for Christmas.

The group of students decided to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit at Kettering General Hospital following the news that one of their tutors’ son was born prematurely in October and spent 10 weeks in the unit. Their tutor Manoj Sandhu, and as his wife,  also a midwife at Kettering General Hospital were full of praise for the staff at SCBU and encouraged the group of students to raise as much money as they could.

Following a number of activities including raffles, face painting, Christmas card and cake sales held at the College’s Kettering campus students raised a total of £170 to buy blankets, baby wipes and other essentials for new-born babies.

William Tremellan, studying Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Geography at Tresham’s 6a Academy said:

“I’m really pleased to have raised such a good amount of money over the three days of fundraising and to be able to do something nice for the hospital.”

Shebnem Judi, studying Maths, Further Maths, Business and Computing at the 6a Academy said:

“Along with a friend, we really enjoyed making our own Christmas cards which we sold at college making a total of £20.”

Manoj Sandhu, Law Lecturer at Tresham’s 6a Academy said:

“I realise how tough it is for families that need the help of this unit. It must be especially difficult over the Christmas period, so we really wanted to do something to help in a small way. I’m very pleased with the effort that the students put into the fundraising and delighted with the total of £170 that we can donate to our local hospital”.

Sister Lisa McKenna at Kettering General Hospital’s SCBU said:

“It’s nice to have extra presents to hand out to the families who spend time at the unit over Christmas. We always give out stockings, but having more presents is a nice bonus and we really appreciate it.”

Kettering General Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit accommodates a maximum of 18 babies at one time and they expect around 11-13 this Christmas although they do try to get babies home to spend time with their families where possible.

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