The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Donation from Ami and Liam Duggleby buys twin cots for hospital unit

9 May 2016

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Ami and Liam Duggleby with baby April, family friend Kate Rodgers and some of the team from the Neonatal unit at Leeds Children’s Hospital

A local family have raised £14,389 for the neonatal unit in the Leeds Children’s Hospital at Leeds General Infirmary in memory of their baby daughter.

Ami and Liam Duggleby from Driffield organised a fundraising ball in Hull to celebrate the short life of little Minnie, who became Yorkshire’s youngest organ donor when she died at just 23 days old last year.

Liam said: “We wanted to do something to thank staff on the LGI neonatal unit for their brilliant care. We were staggered by the response to our event and how much has been raised, as we didn’t think we would make even half as much.”

Ami added: “We’re so pleased the unit will be able to put the money to good use and that there will be equipment helping other babies in memory of Minnie.”

The couple, who also have an older daughter Lily, visited the neonatal unit to handover the cheque. They were joined by their newborn daughter April and family friend Kate Rodgers, who helped to organise the event.

The money will be used to fund the neonatal unit’s first specially designed twin cots. These will help bonding between twins after their birth and makes caring for them on the ward easier for parents.

The donation will also purchase cot canopies, gel cushions and innovative Zaky hands which will all help to provide additional comfort to babies on the unit.

Lead neonatal consultant Dr Sharon English said: “We’d like to say a huge thanks for this amazing amount of money which will make a really big difference to the way we can care for premature babies here in Leeds.

“Ami and Liam are incredible people for doing this after all they have been through. Minnie already gave a wonderful gift of life to others and this incredibly generous fundraising will mean her legacy will live on here in the unit helping give the best possible chance to other tiny babies.”