The Friends of the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital are planning to buy the latest high-tech resuscitation equipment for the neonatal unit, thanks to a bumper donation from Derby-based BB&J Commercial.
BB&J Commercial, a leading firm of chartered surveyors and commercial property consultants in Iron Gate, Cathedral Quarter, raised more than £10,000 at their annual charity ball at Derbyshire County Cricket Club, attended by more than 200 guests.
The money was raised through donations and activities on the night for the firm’s nominated charity.
It will be used to buy 14 Neo-Puff units which cost £700 each and are a new automated system for resuscitation – replacing the hand-operated ‘bag’ equipment previously used when a baby stops breathing.
The cheque was presented to the neonatal unit by BB&J partners Mark Richardson, Graham Bancroft and Rob Jones alongside Chris Birds from sister company Boxall Brown & Jones.
Mark Richardson said: “We are delighted with the amount raised and extremely grateful to the guests at our annual charity ball who so generously supported this very worthwhile cause.
“We chose the charity because a number of our families and friends have benefited from the superb care that the specialist team on the neonatal unit provide and we hope that the equipment that this donation will buy will save many more lives in the future.”
Kate Repton is founder and chair of the Friends of the Special Care Baby Unit – a charity that she set up in 1976 when her baby daughter died at just a day old.
Mrs Repton continued: “This is a fantastic amount of money that BB&J Commercial have raised and the Neo-Puffs will be valuable additions to the specialist equipment available on the unit.
“All the money raised for our charity goes directly to the neonatal unit at the Royal Derby Hospital and we have raised more than £2 million over the last 40 years.
“Generosity such as this is vital to support the work of the Baby Unit in its continuing search to improve the health and well-being of preterm and sick babies entrusted to its care.”