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The Grace Research Fund was set up in 2003 by Coventry residents Tracy and Simon Hayes, in memory of their daughter Grace who was born 14 weeks early at Walsgrave Hospital. She weighed only 1lb and, at five months, went home on oxygen. Unfortunately, due to her lung condition and extreme prematurity she developed pulmonary hypertension and died in Birmingham Children's Hospital aged nine months.

Tracy and Simon established the Grace Research Fund to finance and support research into improving the well-being of premature babies and their families in Coventry and Warwickshire. In some cases, the findings of research projects have impacted neonatal care nationally.

The Grace logo, Ollie the Octopus, comes from Grace's favourite teddy, which you can see her hugging in the photo.


The Grace Research Fund is a fundraising initiative involving the University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire (UHCW) and the University of Warwick. We are very fortunate in our region that our hospitals are well-equipped. Therefore, the money we raise is used to support much needed medical research into the causes of premature births and the best forms of neonatal care, allowing us to enhance the well-being of babies and their families.

Each year we run a series of events to raise money and, of course, we welcome gifts from generous donors! There are many ways you can support the Grace Research Fund. We welcome volunteers at our events, invite you to plan your own event and you can make a donation.

The Grace Research Fund is administered by the University of Warwick, which is a tax-exempt charity. All donations we receive go directly to Grace projects.



Grace with her teddy Ollie the octopus

Grace in pink babygrow