Published on: 17 December 2020

Healthcare staff at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust’s Neonatal Unit are raising money for the Trust littlest patients by walking thousands of miles to Lapland (virtually).

The Team, who care for babies born prematurely or needing special care, began their winter walk on World Prematurity Day on the 17th November 2020 and will finish on Christmas Eve. During this time they aim to cover a distance of 1,978 miles, the equivalent of walking from the Sunderland Royal Hospital to Lapland.

Emily Cameron, Neonatal Unit Manager at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Every year kind-hearted families take part in a range of activities to fundraise for our unit, which allows us to purchase specialist equipment and training for our teams. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 a lot of this fundraising has not been possible this year. 

“We hope through our own fundraising efforts that we will be able to support our patients’ families, who need it more now than ever after such a difficult year, by gifting their babies a special present this Christmas.

“Any remaining funds will go towards supporting families throughout the rest of the year, such as buying presents for Mother’s and Father’s Day and purchasing journals and memory making tools to document their babies’ stay.”

If you would like to support the team in their fundraising efforts and donate to the unit, you can do so via Just Giving here:

The purpose-built Neonatal Unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital provides the highest standard of neonatal care in a family-orientated environment. The unit is run by specialist doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners and facilities include special care cots and intensive/high dependency care cots.