Simpsons Special Care Babies (SSCB), the official charity of the Simpson Neonatal Unit, is delighted to announce that their Teddy Bears’ Picnic campaign running throughout July has raised an astonishing £11,424.
Picnics were held across the country, supported by local businesses and individuals to raise money for the neonatal unit and the redevelopment of family facilities.
The total raised by individuals was boosted further by partnerships with The Pastry Section, The Pantry and Honeycomb & Co. café, who raised a £1011, £300 and £278 respectively.
The Simpson Neonatal Unit looks after around 850 premature and sick children from across the country every year, and the charity raises vital funds for state of the art equipment, ground-breaking neonatal research and support for families in the Neonatal Unit.
Simpsons trustee, Gemma Springford, considered the unit their home when their twin boys came 10 weeks early, and commented:
"While it was a shame that our annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic fundraising event in 2020 was cancelled, this year we found a new virtual focus and embraced a different approach. We are blown away by the support we received from individuals and businesses, and it was so wonderful to see pictures and videos of friends and families gathering together after what has been a tough year and a half for us all.”
The charity would like to give particular thanks to two donors – Pauline’s Little Café, who raised over £1300, and Laura, a past NICU who had her daughter Lila during lockdown, 10 weeks early, who joined with friends made at the unit to raise £3,762 (inc GiftAid).
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