Staff from the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Berkshire Hospital were delighted to welcome supporters of the charity Babies in Buscot Support (BIBS) when they stopped by to hand over a cheque for a whopping £51,775.
Gina Outram, Deputy Matron for the unit said: “We cannot thank BIBS and their supporters enough for this incredibly generous donation. BIBS has been fundraising for Buscot ward for many years and we are always so very grateful for the work they do to help us continue to improve the service and environment for the tiny babies and their families who we care for.
“The money will be used to purchase five incubators, five cardiac monitors and three ventilators previously on lease to the neonatal unit, helping to save money in the coming years and safeguard equipment which helps to save the lives of these tiniest and most vulnerable patients every single day."
On presenting the cheque Sarah Critchley, Chief Executive for BIBS said: "Today has been a very proud day for BIBS - a moment to recognise the hard work and generosity that go into raising such a fantastic amount of money.
“I am so thankful for the long-term funding provided by Powered by PIE. The funding from this locally-based business funding has been truly transformational for our charity.
It is also wonderful to be joined by just so many of our 66 strong Reading Half Marathon team who - including £2,000 of match funding from Thames Water - collectively raised more than £38,000 for local sick or premature newborns and their families on Buscot Ward.”