SCBU donation from grateful grandfather

Robin McEwen presents a cheque to the SCBU at Kettering General Hospital PNL-151007-161706001

Robin McEwen presents a cheque to the SCBU at Kettering General Hospital PNL-151007-161706001

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A grateful family has raised more than £2,500 for four charities after a Methodist outreach worker did a sponsored 11-day sermon tour.

Robin McEwen, from Hemel Hempstead, chose the special care baby unit (SCBU) at Kettering General Hospital as one of the charities because his granddaughter, Grace Brown, was treated there for the first 19 days of her life.

The families also supported Lincoln County Hospital where Grace also received treatment and Hertfordshire MIND and Air Ambulance.

Each of the four organisations received about £600.

Mr McEwen said: “We wanted to raise some money as a thank you to various people for the way they have supported our family.

“First of all was because of the support we got from the SCBUs at Kettering General Hospital and Lincoln County, not just for Grace but also for her mum and dad, Hannah and James, at a worrying time. The unit was amazing and we came to Kettering to say a personal thank you to all the staff.

“I also wanted to thank people for the support I have received from the air ambulance, following a motorbike accident, and from MIND.”

The sermon tour of Methodist churches took place 275 years after Methodist founder, John Wesley, delivered sermons on the subject of Grace.

SCBU matron Janet Ford said: “This is a fantastic contribution and we are very grateful to Mr McEwen and his family for their support.

“We are putting the money towards improving the overnight accommodation we can offer on our unit for parents.

“We currently have two rooms and are expanding this to four.”