Martha's Mice Raise a Mighty £10,000 for NICU
Little Martha Ferriday was born on 13th April 2015 weighing just 519g (1lb 1oz). She was given the nickname Martha Mouse by the nurses who cared for her here at Southmead Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Since then Martha’s parents, together with their friends and relatives, have raised over £10,000 for the Unit – calling themselves Martha’s Mice in honour of Martha’s nickname.
“Martha had restricted growth in the womb and it was always touch and go if she would be delivered.” Explains Amy Ferriday, Martha’s mother.
“She was born prematurely at 29 weeks and spent nearly six months in NICU where she received outstanding care from the doctors and nurses.”
Dan, 29, and Amy, 30, and the other Mice, decided they wanted to give something back to NICU and to raise awareness of premature birth which affects over 90,000 babies a year in the UK. They organised cake sales, coffee mornings, raffles, a charity football match and a Clarks sample shoe sale. The fundraising culminated in 15 of Martha’s Mice running the Bristol Half Marathon last September.
“We decided to fund raise from April to September – the same time that Martha was in NICU. The day of the Bristol Half Marathon was a proud day for us Mice!” adds Amy.
NICU are delighted to receive such a generous amount: “We’re really grateful to all of Martha’s Mice for this huge effort.” Explains NICU Supervisory Ward Sister, Gill Taylor. “We’re hoping to use the money raised to buy more apnoea monitors to help us assess breathing rates of our bigger babies, more developmental care aids, and digital temperature probes which are quicker and better for the babies.”
Dan and Amy would like to thank all members of Martha’s Mice and anyone who contributed to the fundraising efforts. They would also like to the local businesses who contributed raffle prizes, donations and support.
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