Plaque erected in NICU to honour mum’s fundraising in memory of baby daughter

NICU fundraisers Lisa Carpenter and Sword Apak

A mum whose newborn baby daughter died from a rare genetic condition has raised more than £14,800 for Southmead Hospital Charity alongside her employer Sword Apak.

A plaque has been put up in Southmead Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to celebrate the fundraising efforts of Lisa Carpenter and her supporters at Yasmin’s Fun Dance group and company Sword Apak.

Lisa started Yasmin’s Fun Dance in 2008 in memory of her daughter Yasmin who was born at 37 weeks with a genetic condition called Trisomy 13 which results in a heart defect and other health complications.

Yasmin was cared for in the NICU at Southmead Hospital but sadly died four days after her birth in 2002. 

Lisa started fundraising through dance shows and other events raising £7,400.

Now the company that Lisa works for, Sword Apak, a specialist banking and asset finance software provider in Yate, North Bristol, matched the amount that Lisa raised to total £14,800.

Lisa, her three children, and colleagues Mika Curtis and Nikki Fitzell all visited NICU this week to see the plaque put up in the corridor that leads to the NICU.

Lisa said: “I have always danced right up until I was pregnant with Yasmin and a few years after her death I felt I wanted to start a group up in her memory.

“It means everything to me to be able to give back to everyone who supported us in the hospital and at Yasmin’s Fun Dance.

“Lots of people come to our dance shows because they too want to support NICU and they are very generous.

“What has really touched me is having the support of Sword Apak which has meant that we could double our fundraising and be awarded this recognition plaque, we couldn’t have done it without them.”

Yasmin’s Fun Dance, based in Chipping Sodbury, teaches children to have fun with music and is led by Lisa, Debbie Rees and Jackie Youell.

Mika Curtis, Chair of the Sword Apak Charity Team (ACT), said: “We formed the ACT group to support, inspire and empower our employees to make a difference in their communities through volunteering and fundraising.

“Lisa’s journey is incredibly moving and Sword Apak are very proud of her hard work and accomplishments.

“Last year, employees were invited to nominate and vote for a local charity that they would like Sword Apak to support in 2017.

“Lisa has worked for Sword Apak for 20 years, and due to her touching and heart felt nomination, Southmead Hospital Charity was selected through the company-wide vote as a charity partner for 2017.

“Lisa’s story is a very courageous and strong example of overcoming hardship, turning a tragedy into something really beautiful and empowering in honour of her daughter, Yasmin.

“It has been eye-opening for me to come to NICU and hear and see more about the fantastic work that is done by Southmead Hospital Charity and NICU and see the difference that you can make.”

Gill Taylor, NICU matron, said: “We are so grateful for the fantastic fundraising that Lisa, Yasmin’s Fun Dance and Sword Apak have done for us.

“It is wonderful to receive such great support from our communities and it really makes a difference to the parents and babies on the NICU now and in the future.”

 

Pictured are Mika Curtis, Chair of the Sword Apak Charity Team (ACT), Lisa’s children Macey Carpenter, Kelsi Carpenter, Charlie Carpenter, Gill Taylor, NICU matron, Lisa Carpenter, Nikki Fitzell, Adrian Brown, Community Appeals Manager at Southmead Hospital Charity.

 

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