Good cause


Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the charity for the Bristol Children’s Hospital recently launched the Cots for Tots campaign, which aims to raise £1m to help save the lives of critically ill new-born babies across the South West.

There’s now a seasonal fundraising campaign called ‘Tinsel for Tots’ which comes complete with a short film featuring twins Ben and Sam from Bishopsworth.

Cots for Tots aims to raise £1 million to expand the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St  Michael’s Hospital in Bristol.

Ben and Sam spent the first nine weeks of their lives at NICU after being born three months premature.

The film, made by local video wiz Tony Coll, aims to encourage people to join in the festive fundraiser on Friday 10th December by wearing tinsel to school or work and donating £1. Well, donate anyway. I won’t be wearing tinsel, as even though I’ll probably be working at home all day I’d still feel daft. And even dafter if answering the door to the postman or Jehovah’s Witnesses while wearing an extravagant string vest of tinsel.

The money raised from the appeal will enable NICU to provide a new suite of four intensive care cots accommodating up to 150 more babies a year. There will also be family accommodation to enable parents to stay close to their babies when they are being treated on the Unit.

NICU currently treats around 600 babies per year and is the only unit of its kind in the region, and it can’t currently meet the demand for its services.

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