Golfers give support to special care baby unit
RUSHDEN Golf Club has presented £3,038 to the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Kettering General Hospital.
The club made the donation following a series of fundraising events – include bridge days, a cake sale, marmalade sale, coffee morning, quiz, charity golf day and donations.
Ladies’ captain Teresa Pack, from Rushden, chose SCBU as her charity for the year because her son Thomas was born three months premature at the unit in 1997.
Thomas, now 18, joined Teresa and his grandmother, Janet Penn, to make the donation.
Teresa said: “Thomas was born weighing 1lb 4oz and was in the unit for three months.
“He is now studying sports and exercise psychology at university and swims for Wellingborough Amateur Swimming Club, where he was men’s captain this year.
“I chose SCBU for my charity as a way of saying thank you again for all the care that Thomas received and to help the unit continue with its great work.”
Thomas’ grandmother Janet Penn was lady captain at Rushden Golf Club in the year Thomas was born. She also chose SCBU as her charity and raised £2,500 for it that year.
SCBU lead nurse, Janet Ford, said: “This is a fantastic donation and very much appreciated.
“We will use the money to continue to enhance the care and services that we provide to families who have babies who are sick or premature.”
THANK YOU GIFT: Staff nurse Sharrow Carvell and Sister Jane Lafferty from SCBU receive the £3,038 cheque from Rushden Golf Club ladies’ captain Teresa Pack, her son 18-year-old Thomas Pack and his grandmother, Janet Penn.