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Right Arrow Donation to Neonatal Unit - PR/12/0506
15 July 2005 at 14:19
At the beginning of August 1999, Debbie Harding from Formby was waiting to have her first child sometime in the October. She knew the birth would change her life, but she didn’t realise just how much. Unfortunately she was rushed into hospital and baby Ryan was born by emergency caesarean section at just 31 weeks weighing in at 2lb 1½oz. He spent the first seven weeks of his young life in the neonatal unit at Southport.

In the six years since then, Debbie, who owns the Formby based Debbie J Dance Academy has raised over £1,600 for the neonatal unit at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. The latest donation of £525, raised at a dance show put on by Debbie’s students was made this week to Caroline Travers, Nurse Manager of the Neonatal Unit at Ormskirk & District General Hospital.

After Debbie and Ryan presented the cheque she said, “After I had Ryan, my husband Steve and I were so impressed by the care he received in the neonatal unit we felt we had to do something to show our appreciation. As I run the Dance Academy and we always have raffles when we put on shows, it seemed only natural that the money we raise go to the neonatal unit at the hospital.”

Caroline Travers added, “I got to know Debbie and Ryan when he was born and it has been great to see him as he has grown up over the years. We are extremely grateful to Debbie and all her dancers for the money they have raise, it will be put towards a new incubator for the unit, which costs around £12,000.”

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714