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Families of newborns in hospital for Christmas given presents by University staff

University of Chichester raise Christmas cheer by donating presents to newborn babies in St Richard's across the holidays

 

STAFF from the University of Chichester have been raising a little Christmas cheer by donating gifts to the parents of babies staying in St Richard’s Hospital over the holidays.

Up to 40 gifts were given to the neonatal unit at the hospital, which provides intensive care to premature and sick babies. The collection, arranged by Chichester’s Association of University Administrators, included pre-wrapped items so that parents, carers, and siblings of poorly babies could open a present on Christmas day.

Pippa Quigley, a Senior Administrator in Academic Registry at the University, said: “The staff at the neonatal unit were moved at just how many gifts were donated.” 

Presents given by the University included toiletries and sweet and savoury treats, for parents and carers, as well as slippers, socks, scarves, and tea and coffee. For siblings gifts of puzzles, quiet games, and cuddly toys were donated.

Members of the Association of University Administrators, Clemmie Quinn, Hannah Lynch, Laura Keeley, and Pippa, hosted a coffee morning to network with colleagues across the University and wrap the gifts for donation.

The Association is a professional body for the University’s professional services staff to share best practice across the sector.

The event was a way of bringing together members and non-members of the Association in the lead up to Christmas.

Collection co-organiser Laura Keeley, who works in the University’s data protection team, said: “I stayed in hospital one Christmas when my daughter was just two years old and remember how much of a difference it made when the local football team came in with presents for the children.

“It’s difficult having a child in hospital at any time of year, but for many families Christmas is normally a time to be at home with loved ones. We hope that if the families feel that someone is thinking of them, it might just help in some small way.”

For more about the neonatal unit at St Richard’s Hospital go to www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk.