After 26 years of fundraising and with the help of all our supporters, friends, and volunteers, we have hit the £1m! This is a target that we set ourselves but never thought we would achieve earlier than planned. From our first fundraising idea that started off as a charity golf day which quickly led to regular events and challenges, we have done it!. The amazing story was covered by BBC South when they visited The Great Western Hospital in Swindon to interview Trevor and some of the staff on the neonatal unit as well as some of the families who had benefited from using equipment funded by the charity.
He said, "Every year over 100,000 babies are cared for in neonatal units in the UK because they have either been born prematurely or are too sick to go home.
Giving the babies every possible chance of survival with the right equipment is at the heart of everything we do.”
The charity has helped hospitals such as Swindon, Reading, Yeovil, Basingstoke, Bristol, Oxford, Nottingham, and Hull raise funds to buy specialist equipment, improving the chances of babies born prematurely.
We set the target of raising £1m on our 25th anniversary but COVID put a stop to fundraising events so a new date of December 2021 was put in the diary. Amazingly, by August 2021 the £1m had been reached helped by the final charity golf day of the year at Donnington Valley Golf Club, Newbury which raised £21k.
“But my job is not done yet”, said Mr Goodall. “I now want to bring an Ambassador on board to help raise awareness of the charity and the work it does and to kickstart us on the road to the next £1m.”