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Neonatal nurse, Nina Casals with the children.
Neonatal nurse, Nina Casals with the children.

Two school children sold their own toys to help raise money to support special care babies at George Eliot Hospital.

Leila Christie and Emmie Phillips, who are both aged 9 and attend St Edwards RC School in Coleshill, organised a small stall outside Leila’s house to fundraise for the specialist neonatal unit that supported Leila’s little nephew Noah, when he was born prematurely.

They collected £179 by selling dolls and other toys and also through donations from generous friends, relatives and local businesses who found out about the girls’ charitable initiative.

Leila and Emmie visited the hospital with Noah (now 19 months) and Leila’s mum and sister to hand over the cash to a representative from the neonatal nursing team at the George Eliot Hospital.

Special Care Baby Unit Senior Sister, Cheryl Curson said: “We would like to thank Leila and her friend Emmie for fundraising for the hospital.

“The families of these kind-hearted children should be very proud of their initiative.

“The money will be used to buy equipment to support other families with babies staying in our special care unit.”

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