Donation to Gossett Ward inspired by ‘amazing’ baby care

Sarah West from Avon Cosmetics and her son Ryan present the �5,000 donation to Gossett Ward.

Sarah West from Avon Cosmetics and her son Ryan present the �5,000 donation to Gossett Ward.

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Premature babies and those requiring special care will benefit from a £5,000 donation from a Northampton firm.

Staff at Avon Cosmetics’ Northampton office nominated neonatal intensive care unit Gossett Ward as its latest community cause to support after being inspired by the care received by the son of their colleague Sarah West.

As well as caring for babies born premature, the unit also looks after those who require some form of special high dependency or intensive care nursing. It is funded through the Northamptonshire Health Charitable Fund.

Sarah, communications manager at Avon in Northampton, said: “Our son, Ryan, was born seven weeks early and spent the first five weeks of his life in Gosset Ward. The medical care and attention he received and the support offered to me and my husband, Richard, was amazing.

“I was delighted to be told that Gosset Ward had won the money and am so grateful to so many of my colleagues that voted.”

Consultant paediatrician Dr Nick Barnes said: “Thanks to their generosity, we’ll be able to buy additional oxygen saturation monitors which help us to keep an eye on the amount of oxygen our babies’ red blood cells are carrying. This is a crucial piece of kit for us because too little or too much oxygen can be harmful to a premature baby.”