A Haverhill mum has held a coffee morning to benefit the charity which helped her when her newborn baby was desperately ill.
Jenna Moss, 26, raised over £360 for the Sick Children’s Trust.
Jenna and her husband Adam stayed in accommodation provided by the charity following the birth of their daughter Ava on February 17 at West Suffolk Hospital.
When Ava was born the umbilical cord was wrapped tightly around her shoulders , causing a lack of oxygen to her brain.
As a result, Ava was rushed to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Rosie Hospital in Cambridge. Once in NICU Ava was treated using the latest ‘cooling treatment’ for 72 hours, which involves lowering the body’s temperature shortly after birth, to slow down the rate of cell damage in the brain.
The body is cooled using a mattress or blanket filled with cooled air or fluid or by using a special cooling cap for the baby’s head.
Ava was then treated for a serious infection for 11 days. During this time Jenna and Adam stayed in Chestnut House, a ‘Home from Home’ provided by The Sick Children’s Trust at the Rosie Hospital.
Without the accommodation, they would have had to travel to and from the hospital every day, which is at least a 30 minute drive away.
Mum Jenna, sayid: “Adam and I stayed in Chestnut House for a week while Ava was in NICU. It was a really worrying time for us and we didn’t want to leave Ava’s side , so being able to stay close by to her was so important.
“We were not able to hold Ava for the first five days, which was so hard but being able to sit with her from morning to night helped us to bond with her and cope with the situation.
“Ava is home now and we feel very blessed to have a healthy, happy baby girl.
“I decided to hold a coffee and cake morning for my family and friends to fundraise for
The Sick Children’s Trust as a way of saying thank you to them for all their support.
“I hope that the money we raised will help to accommodate more families in the future who have sick children in hospital.”
Those who attended the coffee morning were encouraged to buy coffee, tea and cakes to donate to the charity. Jenna also organised a raffle.
Alan Booth, house manager of Chestnut House said: “I am so pleased to hear that Ava is now home and well with her family. We are so thankful to Jenna for organising a coffee morning for us and we hope everyone had a lovely time. It costs £28 to accommodate a family for one night in Chestnut House so the money Jenna has raised will help us to support many more families when they need it most.”