A Ribbleton resident has raised more than £1,300 for a maternity and neonatal charity, Baby Beat, in memory of his baby daughter who sadly died on 25 April this year.Advertisement
Founded in 1987, Baby Beat seeks to save the lives of babies not yet born, and give babies born in the area the best chance of life and the best start of their journey into the world.
Ross Green and his sister Lauren Jackson presented Baby Beat with a cheque for £1,308 and five memory boxes, which are given to bereaved parents.
Read more: Parking charges return at Royal Preston Hospital
Ross wanted to give something back to the charity after his daughter Ivy-Maè passed away at 24 weeks old.
Ross and his family raised the money by holding a live raffle and setting up a GoFundMe page.
Ross said: “The support provided by the staff on the neonatal intensive care unit was invaluable, and I wanted to raise money for Baby Beat to show my thanks to everyone who cared for Ivy-Maè.
“I hope that the memory boxes will give some comfort to parents who have experienced loss, as I have, and I am hoping to raise even more money by doing a sponsored sky dive in January 2021.
“I hope the funds raised will help to support families who are going through such a heartbreakingly difficult time.”
Read more: Royal Preston Hospital deliver first coronavirus vaccination in the city
Ross and his family are also organising an eight mile walk to raise more funds, as a tribute to the 8 hours that Ivy-Maè spent on the neonatal intensive care unit at Royal Preston Hospital.
Cathy Skidmore, Baby Beat Manager, said: “We were so sorry to hear about Ross and his family’s loss, and our thoughts are with them all at what must be an incredibly difficult time.
“We are extremely grateful to them for thinking of us and raising such a wonderful amount of money, and these funds will go towards making improvements for mums, babies and their families on our maternity and neonatal units.
“We wish Ross all the very best for his skydive and sponsored walk – he is a truly inspirational dad.”
See the latest news and information near you
Read more: See the latest Preston news and headlines