Staff at the Banbridge Specsavers store kicked off a year-long charity fundraising effort for the neonatal and special care baby units at Craigavon and Daisy Hill hospitals with a busy coffee morning held at the beginning of March.

Staff created home baked buns and treats for patients, customers and shoppers and store director Wayne Watson and the team were delighted with the response from local people. The event raised £530 pounds through donations and starts a year- long drive to raise funds for both baby units.

Wonderful care at neonatal special baby care units

‘We chose Craigavon Neonatal Unit and Daisy Hill Special Care Baby Unit because of the wonderful care and support my wife Lynn and I received when our twins Micah and Isla were born prematurely at 31 weeks,’ explained Wayne Watson, Banbridge store director.

‘Amongst our staff team we also have one member who has a twin brother and this is further encouraging everyone to pull out all the stops during the year to raise the charity cash.

Thanks to local people

‘We’d like to thank everyone who called into the store and enjoyed a cuppa and donated money – we really appreciated it. Following our excellent experiences at both baby units Lynn and I very much wanted to give something back to Craigavon and Daisy Hill. The medical and nursing staff were simply superb. Micah and Isla are now 16 months old and are very active toddlers and enjoy playing with their big brother Theo.’

More events planned

Further in store events are being planned throughout the year as well as Wayne and other staff members taking part in local cycling and running events.

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