A mum whose twins were born two months early has raised £1,700 for the Horton General Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) to say a big thank you for the ‘exceptional care and support’ she received.
Karen Gardner, 36, of Barford St Michael, gave birth to Lewis and Emmie on Christmas Day 2013 – just 31 weeks into her pregnancy – with her partner Peter Cutress, also 36, by her side.
She said: “We were very worried at their early arrival, but the exceptional care and support from the Horton’s Special Care Baby Unit made the whole experience so much easier for us – we can’t express how much it was appreciated.”
After they were born, Lewis was transferred to Slough as he had breathing problems and Emmie stayed at the unit as she did not need any extra help and resources were tight in other local hospitals.
Miss Gardner said: “Lewis soon came back to Banbury and the care and treatment they received was outstanding; I had the utmost respect and trust for all the staff looking after them.
“We had prepared ourselves for good and bad days, but every morning we were told positive news, with staff and consultants keeping an extremely close eye on them 24/7.
“Not only were the twins well cared for, but my partner and I had a great deal of support too. We were in the unit for a month and it was incredibly hard to leave. We will treasure the relationships we had with each staff member and look back on our time in the unit very fondly. Thanks to SCBU, our twins are doing extremely well, Peter and I are very proud of them!”
With the help of friends the couple has now raised £1,700 for the unit, through a skittles night in the village and donations. They also held a sealed auction for an F1 Factory Tour in Enstone for which they received a bid of £1,000.
Miss Gardner said: “We felt that raising money to help towards essential pieces of equipment would go some way in thanking them for all the care and support we were given. The funds that are given to the unit don’t cover everything that they need, so donations are very much appreciated!”
She added the couple is very grateful to friends who helped while the twins were in the unit and those who have donated.