Raising money to supply Pop ‘n’ Grows

Pictured is McKenzie not long after his birth. At the time of him being in the neonatal unit pop 'n' grow's had not been invented meaning Mckenzie's top half was left uncovered.

Pictured is McKenzie not long after his birth. At the time of him being in the neonatal unit pop 'n' grow's had not been invented meaning Mckenzie's top half was left uncovered.

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A Brechin mum is raising money to help provide Aberdeen Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with a unique baby-grow which aids nursing and care of babies in the unit; and she needs your help.

Steph Erskine decided to become a rep for Pop ‘n’ Grow, a not-for-profit organisation based on the Isle of Wight, whose goal is to give every NICU/SCBU a stock of their own unique baby-grows completely free of charge, after her son spend time in Ninewells NICU.

Steph’s son, Mckenzi, was born 10 weeks early weighing only three pounds three ounzes. This meant he had to spend the first few weeks of his life in the neonatal unit. At the time of him being in hospital Pop ‘n’ Grows had yet to be invented. Dressing McKenzi was difficult because of the cannula and feeding tube, leaving much of his upper body uncovered.

The purpose of the design of the Pop ‘n’ Grow baby-grow is to aid nursing and care of babies in NICU. They are created with poppers to the arms to allow ease of access for tubing/cannulas, whilst giving baby warmth and comfort.

The cost of supplying Aberdeen NICU is just £100 a year. This would mean that the unit would receive ten premature and ten newborn grows a year, unless more are requested.

As a volunteer area rep Steph has now to raise this £100 and to do that she is looking for the help of her local community.

Steph is currently organising a charity raffle and is looking for donations for prizes.

As well as a raffle Steph hopes to organise a fun day, with bouncy castle for the children, face painting, cake stalls and fantasy football but has yet to find a venue to hold the event.

She also hopes to get the schools in the area involved by getting the teachers to stand behind a board and have the pupils throw wet sponges at them.

If you can help with a raffle prize, venue, or have any equipment such as a bouncy castle, that you could allow Steph to use for the day or would like to give a donation contact Steph on 07436009925.