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March at the neonatal unit in Tooting

March at the neonatal unit in Tooting

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 Anna Spyrou and her daughter with a bag that First Touch gave to her when she was taking her to another hospital for surgery.

Sarah Collins of First Touch NNU with news of fundraising, plans for Mother’s Day, and a shout-out for volunteer beauty therapists and more knitters!  

Spring is definitely here, and I think we are so lucky to live in south west London with lovely areas around us such as Tooting Common, Wimbledon Common and, slightly further afield, Hampton Court Palace and Bushy Park.

Two members of neonatal staff are running the Hampton Court Half Marathon this month, raising funds to help the babies and families at the unit they work in. Dr Laura de Rooy, a trustee of our charity, said, “Lucy Rabot and I are raising funds for First Touch by running a half marathon together. We both work at St George's neonatal unit, Lucy as an Infant Feeding Specialist, and I as a Neonatal Consultant.

“I started my running journey by taking inspiration from one of our lovely neonatal unit mums, Leigh Kendall, mother of Hugo. Like many others, I started my journey at my local Tooting Parkrun (where many good things start!). Lucy started in the summer of 2018, and has managed to combine regular training with work at St George's, and being a mum to two children.”

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I am totally in awe of these dedicated women, who work so hard at St George's and choose to go over and above their medical roles by running 13 miles to raise money for the neonatal unit. You can read more and sponsor them here

Later this month it’s Mother’s Day. Forty mums will spend the day with their premature and/or poorly baby at our neonatal unit, and many of the nurses and doctors who are mums will be leaving their own children at home to work at St George's. We will mark the day with gifts and cards for our mums, but we also began thinking about supporting mums throughout the year as well.

We know that having a baby in hospital is incredibly stressful and worrying. Mothers put their own needs to the back of their minds as they concentrate on their fragile baby. Often they are balancing the needs of other children at home as well. We would love to be able to offer beauty treatments one morning a week, perhaps mini manicures, Indian head massages, neck and shoulder treatments or eyebrow threading. We are putting out a call for volunteer beauty therapists who would work on a rota to support and revive mums at the neonatal unit. If this is something you or a friend would consider doing, or if you'd like to hear more about the scheme, please drop us a line at

Thanks very much to the people who got in touch last month regarding making knitted bunnies for our babies for Easter. We are still in need of these, so please get your needles out in support of sick and premature babies at St George's!

Until next month, enjoy the blossoms, daffodils and hyacinths. Sarah

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