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Families with premature babies to benefit after local golf club donation

Families of babies born prematurely are set to benefit after a kind donation to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The hospital’s neonatal unit received the £750 donation from the Bransford Golf Club after it was chosen as its charity of the year by club captain Peter Sheppard.

Peter and his partner Jenny Bennett from Kempsey, visited to donate the cheque six years after their grandson was cared for in the unit having been born 16 weeks premature.

The golf club raised £1,500 in total, splitting the donation between the Neonatal Unit in Worcester and premature baby charity, Bliss.

Peter said: “Our grandson has fantastic care when he was here in the unit. It’s a real eye-opener to see all the equipment that’s available and the specialist care the staff provide.

“You don’t realise what goes on behind the scenes until you know someone who needs to use the unit. Thank goodness they are all here and we’re really grateful for what they’ve all done for our family.”

Sharon Ali, Matron for the Neonatal Unit said: “We rely on donation like this to provide the little extra luxuries for families whose babies come to the unit. This money will go towards renovating the parents’ flat where they are able to stay overnight to be nearby their new-born baby.”