A CHARITY champion has provided some special care for borough babies after raising hundreds of pounds for South Tyneside Hospital.
Michelle Johnson, 47, from Biddick Hall, South Shields, brought in £550 for the hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit after hosting a ladies’ night at the Masonic Hall in Ingham Street, South Shields.
Mrs Johnson was eager to support the unit after seeing their work at close-hand when a friend’s newborn baby was cared for at the hospital.
The event was held in association with the St Hilda lodge of the Freemasons, where Michelle’s husband Philip is a member. Donations and a raffle on the evening helped raise the cash, which will be used to buy new equipment on the ward.
The unit cares for babies who need a high degree of care, most of whom are premature or require observation after a difficult delivery.
Mrs Johnson said: “We raised the money through a raffle and donations on the night. I wanted to help out as I have a friend whose newborn baby was in the unit and the care the whole family got was marvellous. The unit is close to my heart.”
Sister Lilian Malcolm said: “We would like to say a big thank-you for this generous donation, which will enable us to buy new equipment to benefit the babies we look after who need a high degree of care.”