9th Dec, 2016

Rain fails to dampen spirits at annual Grace Research Fund summer party

Shaun Reynolds 3rd Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

NOT EVEN the rain could dampen spirits at a summer garden party which saw around 200 guests attend to raise funds for research into improving babies’ health.

The Grace Research Fund, which funds research into premature births and the best forms of neonatal care, held its 12th annual summer fundraising event in the former social club garden at University Hospital.

Families and friends of babies born prematurely enjoyed an afternoon of fun and games where they were able to meet up with members of the hospital team for a catch up.

As well as attending, many families at the event provided prizes and entertainment in a further effort to boost the fundraising day’s final figure.

Among those supporting was Lisa Mulqueen who ran a sweet stand at the party to encourage more donations.

She said: “My two girls, Piper and Harper, were both born ten weeks early at University Hospital and encountered complications.

“Piper really had to fight for months and so formed a real bond with the consultants, they called her their Christmas miracle.

“Without the support of the Grace Research Fund, I know Piper wouldn’t be here today and she certainly wouldn’t be the happy healthy girl she is now.

“The charity is a cause close to our hearts so we just want to help in any way we can.”

Entertainment was provided by Coventry Flute Choir, of which Stephanie Redding – who daughter Verity was born prematurely – is a member.

Chelsea Bromage, neonatal nurse at UHCW who also works with the Grace Research Fund, said: “The Grace Research Fund summer party has been running for more than ten years now which is testament to what a fun but important event it is.

“It’s so rewarding seeing the progress so many babies have made, which is in part thanks to the hard work of Grace Research Fund for ensuring they receive the best neonatal care when they need it.

“Seeing families eager to pay thanks for the support at events such as the summer party is really humbling and goes a long way in helping us to continue providing and enhancing excellent neonatal care.”

To find out more or to see how you can help fundraise for the Grace Research Fund, email graceresearchfund@warwick.ac.uk or call 07884 733047.