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Lantern Walk marks official opening of Special Care Baby Unit

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Over a 100 parents, babies, staff and charity fundraisers enjoyed a heart warming opening of the George Eliot Hospital Special Care Baby Unit last week which started with a walk around the hospital with lanterns and candles.

The Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Councillor Barry Longden officially opened the refurbished unit by cutting the ribbon alongside local hero fundraiser Dave Emery  from Katrina Charity of Angels, who have so far raised a fabulous £10,500 to support Special Care Babies at the George Eliot Hospital.

The new facilities include state of the art equipment, larger family areas and beds for up to 12 Special Care babies in bright and colourful surroundings. Visitors at the opening was invited for a tour of the Unit before enjoying refreshments and treats for children.

The guest list at the launch included the  Mayor and his consort Joan Longden, parents and their babies, staff and the Executive Team at the George Eliot Hospital alongside some of the great fundraisers who are helping to add those little extra's to the unit to help babies and their families.

Mum, Christina Brown from Atherstone  whose son Joshua had been a premature baby had enjoyed both the walk and tour of the new unit.

"I want to thank the George Eliot Hospital for inviting us both back to the Unit to see the changes following the refurbishment, which are lovely and more practical for parents."

Young Joshua who is now an active two year old was born prematurely at just twenty six weeks in August 2013. He spent several weeks at the Special Care Baby Unit before being allowed home at the end of November that year.

Christina had raised over £250 when she went home to help buy new bedding for the Special Care Baby Unit by growing plants and selling them to friends and neighbours.

George Eliot Hospital Chief Executive, Kath Kelly said:"

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