Ickle Pickles donates Saturation Monitors to Southampton’s Princess Anne Hospital
Southampton's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) treats around 900 babies a year. Essential intensive care equipment is needed for their youngest and sickest patients. Ickle Pickles provides a unique opportunity to help hospitals like Princess Anne to raise money for much-needed specialist equipment.
Lewis and Ellis’ son was born prematurely at 25 weeks, 15 weeks before his due date at Princess Anne Hospital. At 11 days old, Arlo unfortunately contracted ecoli meningitis and faced many challenges during his 2-month stay at Princess Anne’s NICU. He’s now safely home and has just celebrated his 1st Birthday.
In April this year, Lewis ran the London Marathon for Ickle Pickles in under 4 hours and raised over £8,000. He said, “It was an amazing experience to give back and thank the incredible team at Southampton’s NICU”.
Recently, Ickle Pickles had the pleasure to present the first of many items - a Saturation Monitor together with Ellis, Lewis and Arlo to the neonatal team at Princess Anne Hospital. A donation of 10 height-adjustable cots have been ordered using the funds raised by this incredible family and will be presented in due course.
Thanks to a nomination by Gavin Rampton, Ickle Pickles also received funding from the Openworks Foundation to fund a second Saturation Monitor. Gavin Rampton from Unique Financial Planning Limited who nominated Ickle Pickles to apply for an Openworks Foundation grant, was proud to present the second piece of equipment.
Each Masimo RAD 97 saturation monitor:
- helps the neonatal team to assess blood oxygen, heart rate and CO2 levels
- will accompany a Resuscitaire bed in the theatre when caesarean sections are performed and will enhance the monitoring that neonatal staff are currently able to provide.
- will benefit approximately 2,700 babies over its lifetime
Thanks to life-saving equipment and the excellent care at Princess Anne Hospital, Arlo and other babies like him are being given the best possible start in life. Southampton NICU needs as much funding as possible to continue to perform their life-changing and life-saving work.
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