Sisters raise money for NICU

Monday, 9 February 2015

Two sisters from Coalpit Heath have raised more than £2,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Southmead Hospital Bristol.

Ella (10) and Isabel (8) Carter organised 100 challenges over the past year to raise money for the unit where Isabelle was born six-and-a-half weeks early.

Sisters raise more than £2,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Southmead Hospital Bristol.

Challenges ranged from cake sales, running a mile, aerobics and coffee mornings.

Ella, whose favourite challenge was organising a coffee morning for friends and neighbours, said: “We heard something on the radio about 100 challenges and we thought it would be a good thing to do. I really enjoyed the coffee morning – where we baked the cakes and sold them.”

Isabel said her favourite task was organising a disco for friends and family at the Miner’s Club in Coalpit Heath. She said: “They [NICU] did something for me so we wanted to do something for them.”

Their mum Clare said: “We are all so incredibly grateful to the NICU team at Southmead. It’s so lovely that the girls wanted to do this. I am very proud.”

Adrian Brown, Community Appeals Manager for the Southmead Hospital Charity, said: “It is always encouraging to see past patients supporting us because of the care they have received in our hospital, but Isabel’s story is particularly inspiring as she made the decision at the age of seven years old to do something amazing for the hospital staff that brought her into the world and gave her the very best possible start in life all those years ago.

“It was also lovely to see the support from her big sister Ella, who stood by her side and helped her achieve this fantastic accomplishment and just goes to show how the smallest things can really add up to something remarkable.”