A kind-hearted couple have raised an amazing £9,268.38 for the neonatal unit at James Cook in memory of their son, Noah Barrie Tansley, who was born prematurely at 34 weeks on 5 November 2015.
Noah suffered a massive foetal maternal haemorrhage just moments before he was born. Despite prompt medical intervention Noah sadly passed away, at just three days old.
Noah was cared for by the unit’s dedicated staff and Helen and Andy Tansley from Guisborough were so grateful for the help and support they received, they decided to do a year’s fundraising campaign to help future poorly and premature babies and their families cared for on the unit.
This fantastic amount was raised from generous donations at Noah’s funeral and from the couple’s first event – a charity music night in the Hollybush in Skelton – kindly organised by Craig Holmes, who has previously supported the hospital.
Helen and Andy are continuing their fundraising marathon – despite having almost reached their initial target of £10,000 – and have more events during the year.
Sky dives, a coffee morning, an 80’s night and a charity football match – which has been organised by some year 11 pupils at Laurence Jackson School in Guisborough.
Helen and Andy would like say a special thank you to Craig for organising the charity night and making it such a success. Also a big thank you to friends Danny Graham (professional footballer who plays for Blackburn Rovers and patron for a Durham charity Heel and Toe) and wife Victoria who very generously donated £5,000 to the unit in memory of Noah.
Helen said: “The care Noah received was incredible. The staff were so devoted, helping and supporting us through an extremely sad and difficult time for us. We wanted to give something back to thank them, not only for all they did for us, but for all they continue to do, day in, day out, for the tiny babies they care for.”
Jo Chubb, neonatal sister, said: “We much appreciate Helen and Andy’s support and a big thank you to them and everyone who has helped with the fundraising.
“We are very grateful for this kind donation and have purchased a height adjustable bath which is more comfortable and convenient for mums to use and specialist monitors with the money they have kindly raised so far. We are also looking purchase cots for the bigger babies who are born on the unit.”