Tinsel for Tots, December 10

‘Tinsel for Tots’ is part of the ‘Cots for Tots’ campaign which aims to raise £1 million to expand the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Michael’s Hospital in Bristol.

On December 10, people are encouraged to donate £1 to wear tinsel and dress up for the day much as they would on a casual Friday type of activity at work. A film has been created to raise awareness which features two tiny tots who were born premature.

Three year old twin brothers, Ben & Sam from Bishopsworth, Bristol, are starring in the film to launch this new festive fundraiser for the hospital unit that saved their lives. Ben and Sam spent the first nine weeks of their lives at NICU after being born three months premature.

The money raised from the Appeal will enable an expansion of NICU, providing a new suite of four intensive care cots for the care of up to 150 more babies a year. It will also create new, dedicated family accommodation to help a further 200 families each year to stay close to their babies when they are being treated on the Unit. NICU currently treats around 600 babies per year.

The ‘quaternary’ Unit, the only one of its kind in the region, currently needs more cots in order to meet the demand for the high level care that the team provides. Babies born in Bristol or from across the region with serious and complex problems are referred to NICU because of the extra‐specialist and life‐saving treatment the team here can provide.

Esme and George Calloway in the NICU

To register to take part in ‘Tinsel for Tots’, visit www.tinselfortots.org.uk , email info@cotsfortots.org.uk or call 0800 919 649 and request your free fundraising pack.

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