Generous students are helping East Lancashire’s youngest and most fragile hospital patients by donating lifesaving medical equipment to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit NICU at Burnley General Teaching Hospital.
A group of Year 12 students from Tauheedul Islam Girls High School and Sixth Form College in Blackburn visited the unit to meet parents, staff and babies, and hand over six state-of-the-art pulse-oximeters.
This was funded by the school’s impressive £3,812 donation and the support of leading medical technology company, Masimo Europe.
The Trust’s director of communications Christine Hughes said: “Support from our local community is very important to the Trust and I want to thank everyone at Tauheedul Islam Girls High School who worked so hard to raise such a large amount of money for the NICU.”
Medical equipment manager Arif Patel said: “Pulse-oximeters measure pulse-rate and the amount of oxygen in baby’s blood. These machines continuously monitor the level of oxygen in the blood and alarm when this becomes low.”
Last November, TIGHS students presented a cheque for £1,843 to East Lancashire Hospital’s new charity, ELHT and Me during their Enterprise Week, when students set up businesses to produce and sell goods.
Just four months later and students had raised a further £1,969 during their Intersociety competition where sixth form societies compete to deliver activities for younger students and staff.
Kam Kothia, chairman of Governors, said: “Each year, our students raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity. Supporting others who are poorly is a key part of our faith ethos.”