Mum gives baby unit £5,000 funding boost

Victoria Paine and her daughter Abigail presenting the chque to staff at the SCBU
Victoria Paine and her daughter Abigail presenting the chque to staff at the SCBU

WORTHING Hospital’s special care baby unit has been given a £5,000 donation, thanks to a mum’s charitable efforts.

Victoria Paine hosted a bridal-themed event last year to raise money for the unit following the birth of her second child.

Charlie, now nine months old, needed to spend time at the special care baby unit (SCBU) after he was born.

Victoria, 31, who also runs her own charity PARLEY – Parents and Relatives Listening and Empathising with you – sold pre-owned wedding dresses and hosted a sell-out wedding fayre at Worthing Dome in August to raise the money.

She said: “My original target was £2,000. I still can’t believe we raised £5,000 altogether. I’ve just been overwhelmed at the support.

“When I presented the cheque to the SCBU it was very emotional for me – they saved my baby’s life, without them I would not have had him with me for his first Christmas this year.

“The staff at the unit are totally amazing and have such a hard, emotionally-challenging job to do, so thank you all so much for being such wonderful people. I hope the money will go a long way to saving the lives of babies of our future.”

The money will be spent on vital respiratory equipment such as apnoea monitors, which were essential to Victoria’s son when he was born.

The mum-of-two, of Leigh Road in Broadwater, also presented a bag of presents for staff, parents, and siblings of children staying at the unit.