Lottery Winner Knits a Bundle for Alder Hey
Neonatal babies at Alder Hey have been receiving some TLC and a warm welcome into the world from a big-hearted National Lottery winner.
Susan Crossland, who won £1.2M in 2008 and had two premature babies herself, understands first-hand how difficult it can be during the first few weeks and months of an early newborn’s life and so started work creating a range of tiny baby outfits, from cardigans and bonnets to bootees and mittens; and today Susan handed over dozens of miniature outfits to the Alder Hey Children’s Charity.
Susan, from Mirfield, in Yorkshire, said:
Neonatal mum Jess was at the hospital to accept the donations on behalf of Alder Hey Children’s Charity, along with her son, one year old Frankie. Prior to birth, Frankie was diagnosed with a condition which meant he would be born with his bowels on the outside of his stomach, and surgery would be needed within hours of his birth at a specialised hospital like Alder Hey. He was transferred from a hospital in Wirral, which meant mum Jessica was only able to see him the next day, apart from a few minutes she had with him before he was transported.
Despite the difficulty of the situation, Jess and Frankie were reunited the following day and Frankie continues to exceed expectations. Frankie and Jess have since gone on to support the charity’s Surgical Neonatal Appeal and have taken part in recent fundraisers, including modelling for the charity’s Matalan PJs, starring in a Johnson’s Baby fundraising campaign which supported the Appeal and even featuring at last weekend’s Grand National as the honorary 41st Runner!
Jennifer Deeney, Head of Nursing at The Liverpool Neonatal partnership, added: