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Celestra’s Muddy Stars support Neonatal Unit at Milton Keynes University Hospital

A LOCAL company from Milton Keynes has partnered with Milton Keynes Hospital Charity to create booklets for parents who have babies born too early, too small or very ill.

Last year IT specialists Celestra took part in the Nuclear Races – one of the UK’s toughest obstacle courses – in aid of Milton Keynes Hospital Charity’s neonatal unit fund.

This is the third time a group of 30 guys and girls called the ‘Muddystars’ have entered the races for the neonatal unit at Milton Keynes University Hospital. Thanks to their hard work and determination they raised an amazing £3,536.

This week the charity revealed how the donation has been spent – on two products that will enhance the experience families and patients receive on the neonatal unit.

All new parents on the neonatal unit will be given an early babies parent handbook, which acts a practical guide for parents with premature babies – and is particularly useful if a parent finds themselves in the unit unexpectedly.

The hospital has also been able to produce bespoke baby diaries, which allow parents to document their journey on the neonatal unit – including key milestones such as ‘the first time you held me’ and ‘the first time I came out of the incubator’. The diary also features a Graduation Certificate!

Staff on the unit, as well as parents, have been involved in the production of this diary from start to finish. Senior sister Karen Rice said: ‘The diaries will provide memories for loved ones for years to come and something for families to treasure. As donations to our neonatal unit are about making a direct difference to the hospital’s tiniest patients and their loved ones, we are most thankful for Celestra’s amazing contribution and fundraising efforts.’

Celestra were able to see the finished product last week and were delighted with the end result. Celestra Marketing manager Glen Irving said: ‘It’s great to be involved with the neonatal unit, which has supported members of our team here at Celestra in the past. We understand the vital work that this unit does first hand in supporting families and it’s a pleasure to help where we can.’

Notes to Editor

Milton Keynes Hospital Charity raises funds to enhance the experience of thousands of patients at Milton Keynes University Hospital. People can support any ward or department. For more information please contact fundraising officer Michaela Clark on 01908 997316 or fundraising@mkuh.nhs.uk.

Photograph Staff from Celestra holding the neonatal unit baby diaries.

Media contact For more information contact Michaela Clark – michaela.clark@mkuh.nhs.uk/ 01908 997316