Parents heartfelt thank you to hospital

Dave Gooderham at home with his son George
Dave Gooderham at home with his son George

Grateful parents whose baby was born prematurely have pledged to thank the hospital where he received specialist care by raising vital charity funds.

Dave and Sarah Gooderham’s son George weighed 4.4lbs when he was born six weeks early last February and spent two and a half weeks in West Suffolk Hospital’s neonatal unit before being able to return home to Long Melford.

George’s parents, both 33, have now decided to raise money for the hospital, starting with a charity auction where a host of sporting collectibles are up for grabs.

The auction will end on March 2, to coincide with a race night and raffle the Gooderhams are holding at the Red Lion in Steeple Bumpstead.

Dave, a former Haverhill Echo reporter who originates from Ridgewell and used to live in Clare, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have already received for the race night and auction.

“The donations of items for auction are all fantastic but we have also been well-supported by the local community.”

Money raised will go towards a new bereavement room at the hospital; the Jasmine Suite.

Located between the labour suite, operating theatres and neonatal unit, it will provide a calm and comfortable space where families will be able to receive psychological and practical support following the loss of a baby.

Sarah said: “We were so grateful for the support and care we received when George was born and wanted to do something to thank the hospital.

“George is now doing really well and is a very happy, healthy baby.”

The auction lots include an executive box at Portman Road for Ipswich Town’s match with Leeds Utd on March 30.

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