Baby Evelyn leaves a lasting legacy

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She may only have been in the world for 22 hours, but Evelyn Olivia Elliott has left a lasting legacy to help other very poorly babies on the neonatal unit at The James Cook University Hospital.

Inspired to raise funds in her memory, parents Rebekah Taylor and Michael Elliott have collected more than £10,000 to buy a new state-of-the-art incubator for the Middlesbrough hospital.

Rebekah Taylor and Michael Elliott with the incubator on the neonatal unit

Rebekah Taylor and Michael Elliott with the incubator and Vicky Ford (left) and Vrinda Nair (right) from the James Cook neonatal unit

What started as a small barbecue and raffle for family and friends quickly spiralled into a huge garden fete fundraiser thanks to everyone’s amazing generosity and the fantastic support of the Hipswell community.

“Our friends and family have just been incredible every step of the way,” said Michael.

Neonatal consultant Vrinda Nair said: “What a fantastic amount to raise in Evelyn’s memory. This machine will help babies who come to the unit to maintain their temperature until they are ready to maintain it on their own.”

Rebekah said it was very emotional seeing the incubator arrive on the unit.

“It’s very overwhelming just knowing that it’s going to save babies’ lives and parents are going to be able to take their children home,” she said.

“That’s what Evelyn was here for – other babies will survive because of her.”