Staff with the Babyleo incubator at Hull Royal Infirmary.
February 28, 2018
Grieving family donate incubator to Hull NICU
The family of a young man killed in a motorbike accident have donated a Draeger Babyleo incubator to the NICU at the Women and Children's Hospital, Hull Royal Infirmary.
Kirsty and Rob Gill decided to raise £18,000 to pay for the incubator in memory of their son Christopher, who was 20 when he lost his life in an accident in Ottringham in June 2009.
Rob says: "This is very sophisticated equipment but it can also save lives. The more people you talk to in life, the more you hear stories about how they've had things happen to their babies or their grandchildren. We wanted to do something to help and I think Christopher would have been very proud of us."
The family embarked on the fundraising quest around four years ago after Christopher's girlfriend Roxy Richardson endured the death of her baby nephew.
Rob adds: "That kick-started everything off. We started with a zumbathon in Hessle and the landlord and staff at the Blue Bell in Keyingham have been absolutely outstanding in their support. They have a harvest festival and auction every year which has raised a considerable sum and Darren, the landlord, had completed a Tough Mudder for the fund."
Sister Kate Lamming, nursing lead for NICU, thanked Christopher's family for their generosity in providing the equipment that will benefit so many infants. She says: "We need advanced technology like this to ensure we are providing the very best treatment available but we wouldn't be able to afford it without the generosity of families like Christopher's relatives and friends and through donations to our charity. We are just so grateful for the support we receive from the public. Our team already provides the highest standards of care but this incubator will enable us to improve that even further."