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Cots for Tots Appeal

Dan and Kyla CockPictured From Left: Lauren Vincent Cots for Tots appeal fundraiser, Ruth Watkinson, Neonatal Nurse, Kian, Kyla, Zak and Dan Cock.

Whitstone Family, Dan & Kyla Cock and their sons Kian and Zak visited Bristol last week to present a cheque for £1249.27 to the Cots for Tots appeal, on behalf of friends and customers of Premier Whitstone Village Stores.

The funds were raised at the Taste of Christmas open evening held at the shop in December. Proprietor Dan Cock said, "Last year we were able to comfortably break the £1000 target we had set thanks to the continuing generosity of all our customers and friends in these hard economic times. We were also fortunate to exceed our target thanks to the generosity of many local businesses who kindly chose to sponsor our taste of Christmas open evening".

This year marks a real milestone for us in terms of our charity work, firstly we have now raised just under £10,000 for Cots for Tots, and secondly we have now seen the new Cots for Tots house Cots for Tots Housewhich is a very real and tangible asset which we have helped and continue to fund.It is made all the more significant for us as when our daughter Georgia was in St Michaels’ in Bristol, there was a real shortage of parent accommodation, with Dan even having to spend one night in the car.

Now, both families from outside of Bristol, and indeed those more local who need to stay with their babies 24/7 at the hospital will have a secure and comfortable place to rest whilst their babies receive the best possible level of care just next door in the NICU unit.

Once again, we owe a massive debt of thanks to all of our friends, family and customers who never fail to support this cause so close to us without any hesitation - we as always are extremely grateful, as are all of those who will benefit from this great new facility.

The Cots for Tots Appeal was launched in October 2010 in partnership with Bristol Evening Post to provide a new suite of four intensive care cots to care for an additional 150 babies every year at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Michael’s Hospital, as well as dedicated family accommodation nearby.

The Appeal has increased cot provision on the NICU from 27 to 31. The four new life-saving cots have kept babies in Bristol that would have otherwise been sent elsewhere, including the triplets and quads born recently at the Hospital. The Cots for Tots Appeal has also created a new family accommodation facility, so that parents of babies treated on the Unit, can stay, free of charge, close to their critically-ill or premature baby in NICU.

Cots for Tots House, a 12 bedroom building situated directly opposite the Hospital, will provide a ‘home-from-home’ environment for 200 families a year and is specially designed for the comfort of the whole family. The House is due to open to the first families in April and the Cots for Tots Appeal will continue to raise funds to ensure the House is available free of charge to NICU parents.

But we can only continue to support the life-saving work of the NICU and provide free family accommodation with the ongoing support of the public.

Get involved or make a donation today and help make a difference to the lives of sick and premature babies from all over the South West of England and South Wales.

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