Emily's legacy will help premature babies

Helen Wrathall presents her cheque to the NICU team at Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre. (s)
Helen Wrathall presents her cheque to the NICU team at Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre. (s)

A West Bradford family thanked the NICU unit which treated their daughter by raising more than £7,500 to help other babies and their families.

Helen and Dan Wrathall’s daughter Emily was treated by the specialist team in NICU at the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre, but sadly died aged just 11 days old, after being born by emergency caesarean section at the end of September last year.

Helen said: “NICU did everything they could for Emily. The staff were so amazing and we wanted to find a way to thank them in some way, so when we held my 40th birthday party at West Bradford Village Hall on February 11th, we asked everyone who came for donations to NICU in lieu of birthday gifts.

“We also held an auction with prizes donated by people we know and lots of local businesses, which included bed and breakfast packages, tickets to the darts at Cardiff Arena and a days metal detecting, which raised a whopping £590. There was also a raffle, tombola and grab-a-bag which helped towards making up the brilliant total we managed to raise.

“We are so grateful to everyone who donated and just couldn’t have done this without their kindness.

“We also had the help of lots of our wonderful family and friends, who supported us not only on the night of the party, but have also consistently been there for us for the last five months every step of the way.”

The £7,643 raised will go towards buying essential equipment for the Burnley NICU unit and also towards extra training for the staff to help in all aspects of NICU care, from looking after very premature babies to helping parents and families along their journey.