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October 16, 2017

Mums fundraise for video technology on the neonatal unit

Sarah Clark and her father Ken joined thousands of other walkers for the 'Mighty Stride', part of the Dundee Kiltwalk, to raise funds for the Ninewells neonatal unit

in Dundee. Walkers set off from the world famous Old Course in St Andrews at 9am to complete the 25-mile walk to Monifieth.

Sarah's daughter Skye was born at 30 weeks' gestation and received care from the Ninewells neonatal team. When Skye was transferred to the Royal Hospital for Children neonatal unit in Glasgow, Sarah was introduced to vCreate, a video application that allows hospital staff to record video updates of infants and send them to parents.

Knowing how important the videos were to her family, Sarah raised over £2,000

to buy iPads so that the video technology can be available to parents on the Ninewells unit.

Another mother who benefitted from the vCreate technology is Annette, whose son was born at 31 weeks' gestation, also at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, following the loss of his identical twin at 20 weeks.

Annette says: "I wanted to do something to help other parents to benefit from the videos. My initial thought was to do a sponsored walk, but a friend suggested a Go Fund Me page. I was hesitant at first because I didn't think it would work, but friends shared my posts and more and more people got involved. The more shares the post got, the more money was raised. A friend made sweetie cones and sold them at my daughter's school and £200 was made from this. And then my husband's employer, DHL Sainsbury – Langlands Park, generously agreed to double the amount raised, taking us to £1,280."


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Ninewells Hospital & Medical School
Royal Hospital for Sick Children
vCreate Neonatal

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