Donations provide welcome boost to Brighter Futures Incubator Appeal

Posted: September 3, 2018

Appeal total has now reached £100,000

New Life presentation 1809 400A generous donation by a Swindon-based charitable trust means that the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) Incubator Appeal at Great Western Hospital has passed the half way mark to help babies get the best start in life.
Since the Brighter Futures appeal was launched in March, more than £100,000 has been raised, and by reaching the appeal total of £175,000 will mean SCBU can replace five of its ten existing incubators with state-of-the-art equipment.
The new incubators will help provide neonatal care to more than 450 babies born at the hospital every year who need additional support in the first few days of their lives.
The latest boost to the appeal has come from the Dr Thomas Cranston Wilson Charitable Trust, which has gifted £35,000 - the cost of one new incubator.
The trust is no stranger to supporting Brighter Futures, having donated more than £200,000 over the years to help fund projects including ultrasound equipment for respiratory patients, syringe drivers to give continuous medication for cancer patients, chemotherapy cooling caps systems and the Radiotherapy Appeal.
Trustee Alan Fletcher said: "As a local Charitable Trust, we are delighted to help projects to improve the provision of medical services and equipment which benefit the quality of life of patients and their families in the Great Western Hospital area.
"Technology has moved on a long way in the 15 years since the existing 10 incubators were produced and these units are a massive step forward in terms of accessibility and comfort for parents and babies as well as the prime consideration of safety.
"Having talked with the consultants and nurses in the Special Care Baby Unit who are responsible for some 450 premature babies each year we were delighted to be able to support the appeal with a donation to purchase one incubator."
Brighter Futures has also been working in partnership with local charity New Life, which is dedicated to raising money for special care baby units, to help reach the £175,000 target. New Life's own fundraising has already netted £35,000 for the appeal.
Trevor Goodall, of New Life, said: "I am delighted to be working with Brighter Futures on this appeal and so pleased we've been able to raise £35,000 towards the total. Thank you to everyone who has supported us."
Catherine Newman, Head of Brighter Futures, said: "We're absolutely delighted that in just a few months, we have hit the half way mark on the fundraising and are now so close to having enough money to buy three new incubators out of the five we want to replace in SCBU.
"We're hugely grateful to our friends at Dr Thomas Cranston Wilson Charitable Trust for giving us such a generous helping hand, and to New Life for their brilliant support.
"Families across Swindon have really got behind this appeal too, so we'd like to say a big thank you to them for all their fundraising efforts so far - you're all amazing!"
The new incubators have a number of innovative features, including a hood that can be opened with just one finger, an adjustable height so that parents can get closer to and have more contact with their babies, and even an iPod port so parents can play soft music or the sound of their own voice to their little ones.
To make a donation to the Brighter Futures SCBU Incubator Appeal, text SCBU18 followed by the amount you want to donate to 70070, visit the appeal page at or call the Brighter Futures team on 01793 605631.
Further information about the appeal, including parent stories, can be found on the Brighter Futures website.  

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