Our Lister Neonatal Big Build Appeal is raising £410,000 to extend the very small families room on the unit.

This bigger space will feel like a home from home for parents, offering the facilities they want while their babies are receiving the extra care and support they need.

Since our appeal launched in August 2018 we have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown by our local community – and we have so far raised a phenomenal £350,000 towards our target.

So now it's time for our #BigBuildFinalPush.

2020 has been a time of great uncertainty for us all. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic we have had to cancel our fundraising events, so reaching our appeal target has become more of a challenge.

The final £60,000 we need will fund interior furnishings, the garden area and all the extra comforts needed to make the new room a real home from home.

The plans

The average stay for a poorly newborn baby on the neonatal unit is 10 weeks, and the unit is often at its full capacity of 30 babies.

Currently, the unit provides a room where families can make a hot drink and get some rest. However, there is only space for six visitors at any one time, so demand far outweighs capacity.

The lack of cooking facilities also means families have to leave the unit in order to get a proper meal, which can make a difficult time even harder for them.

The original idea for the extension came from the Lister Neonatal Unit Families Group, a dedicated parent support group which works hand-in-hand with the East and North Hertfordshire Hospitals' Charity to raise funds.

The extended space will be seven times bigger, and increase capacity from six to 30 people (when social distancing restrictions allow).

It will include:

  • Cooking and showering facilities so families do not have to leave the unit.
  • Specialist recliner chairs allowing families to rest in comfort.
  • Accessible gardens providing a moment of relaxation.
  • A designated area for siblings to play, making visits more enjoyable for young brothers and sisters.

How to donate to the Lister Neonatal Big Build Appeal

You can support our #BigBuildFinalPush in the following ways:

  • Donate online. Click here >  
  • To donate £5 text BIGBUILD to 70085 (texts cost your donation amount plus one standard network rate message)
  • Call 01438 285182 to make a card payment
  • Hold your own fundraising event or activity. Set up an online fundraising page here >

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For more information about the Lister Neonatal Big Build Appeal contact us on 01438 285182 or email [email protected]