Donation is presented to Conquest SCBU

AmicusHorizon scheme manager Katie Roper and residents Pam and Mary with staff from SCBU
AmicusHorizon scheme manager Katie Roper and residents Pam and Mary with staff from SCBU

Residents and representatives from a housing association visited the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at the Conquest Hospital to present a cheque for more than £1,100.

The money was raised through a “Scheme crawl” with AmicusHorizon’s sheltered housing team members walking five miles between housing schemes in Hastings and St Leonards.

Some participants paid to take part while others were sponsored, including the scheme manager of The Maltings and Goddens Gill, who was sponsored by residents to do the crawl in fancy dress.

The crawl began at Fallowfield in Linley Drive and visited Halton Heights in Priory Road and Torfield Close before finishing at Royal Terrace in St Leonards.

Residents of each scheme supported the crawlers with refreshments and encouragement along the way.

A grand raffle was also held at Royal Terrace, with businesses and residents donating 70 prizes including a holiday at Combe Haven, decorating services, gift vouchers, meals out and hair and beauty treatments.

Residents at Bevin Court also held a fundraising coffee morning.

Katie Roper, scheme manager for AmicusHorizon, said: “We are delighted with the total we were able to raise and would like to thank all of our schemes and their residents for getting involved and local businesses for their kind donations.

“It has been lovely to come with two of our residents today to visit the unit and see where the money will be spent.”

Sam Cowley, staff nurse at the SCBU, said: “This money will be put towards equipment for mothers, babies and their families on the unit such as breast feeding pumps, baby nests, cushions for the nursery and clothes and kangaroo slings for premature babies. A massive thank you to AmicusHorizon for making this possible through its kind donation.”

The Conquest Hospital’s SCBU looks after premature and sick babies and their mothers.