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Evins family say thank you to Chestnut House with fantastic fundraising

News   •   Sep 05, 2014 16:09 BST

We were delighted to receive a visit from the Evins family who popped into Chestnut House to present a cheque to House Manager Helen for £1002.

They decided to raise money for The Sick Children's Trust (and the NICU at The Rosie Hospital) to say thank you for the support we provided when their little one Amelia was treated at The Rosie Hospital, Cambridge.

Big sister Mollie volunteered to be sponsored to have 9 inches of her hair cut off, donating her locks to the Little Princess Trust!

Mum Lauren tells us why they decided to fundraise for Chestnut House: "To give you a little background, our daughter, Amelia was born at The Rosie Hospital on the 24th of August 2013. Unfortunately she was born in a very poor condition due to Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, which happens when a newborn baby breathes a mixture of meconium and amniotic fluid into the lungs around the time of delivery. 

"For several weeks, it was touch and go as to whether Amelia would make it. She was ventilated, sedated, cooled and kept alive by various machines and medication. After a long six weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit and special care baby unit, Amelia was well enough to come home.

"It would have been a very different experience for my husband and I though, if we had not been able to stay at Chestnut House for three and half weeks. We were able to stay close to Amelia throughout this critical time - just a life ride away from her ward - and it also allowed our family and friends to visit us and have somewhere to go when visiting hours had finished. It was so important that we had our family to support us and without Chestnut House we would not have had the privacy and security to do this. 

Many thanks, from Lauren, Lewis, Mollie and Amelia Evins"

We think it's just wonderful that Mollie's been so brave and want to say a big thank you to the whole family for their support! 

 


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