Staff and customers at the Asda supermarket in Darlington
have raised nearly £1,000 for the special care unit at Darlington
Memorial Hospital. The money was raised as part of the chain's
community life programme with a series of community fund raising
events. The scheme enables staff and shoppers to nominate
local causes to receive support through the Community Life
The special care unit provides round-the-clock care for
newborn babies who are ill or born prematurely. Babies like
Ciara-Leigh Watford who was born two weeks early and underweight.
The unit enables parents to stay with their newborns while
receiving care. Ciara-Leigh's mum, pictured with staff on the unit
and representatives from ASDA, has nothing but praise for the staff
at the hospital and is staying in one of the units family rooms.
She said: "They have all been amazing. They are angels and should
be on a million pounds an hour."
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community