It is the second year that the Coventry Telegraph has held the awards to honour the region’s best nurses, nominated by their patients and colleagues – and they were overwhelmed by the response.
Nurses who have shown incredible compassion, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help patients and their families in their care, and who are dedicated to their profession gathered at the prestigious Coombe Abbey.
The Grace Research Fund is making steps towards improving neonatal care with the recruitment of a PhD student – who has already made some key discoveries.
PhD student Ayan Dirir was recruited by the Grace Research Fund last year to look into a particular protein that affects women advancing into labour, and already there are hopes the research will result in fewer women entering labour early.
In a talk given to neonatal staff at University Hospital in Coventry, Ayan, from Leicester, explained that she is investigating the protein – called PLCL1 – as it is believed it may prevent contractions in the uterus.
A Coventry schoolteacher is putting his best foot forward to race the London Marathon and raise funds for a local neonatal charity which supported his family.
First-time dad Marc Skelton, from Earlsdon, has been inspired to compete in the London Marathon to fundraise for the Grace Research Fund after his daughter received expert care and support in the neonatal unit at University Hospital Coventry.
His daughter, Lucy, was born full term but suffered complications during labour which left her starved of oxygen and with no heartbeat when she was born.
Over the next eight days, staff on the unit gave Lucy critical support as she received cooling treatment and a blood transfusion, and was induced into a coma for three days while her recovery was closely monitored..
A Warwickshire golf club is going a fairway to support a local neonatal charity after making the cause its nominated charity for the year.
Whitefields Golf Club, based at Thurlaston near Draycote Water, has announced its year-long support for the Grace Research Fund – a Coventry and Warwickshire charity which funds research into premature births and the best forms of neonatal care.
The Grace Research Fund received a cheque for £2000 from creative agency Champions, based in Loughborough, after the company had worked in partnership with the Trinity Mirror Group to co-ordinate a major local event.
Around £4,000 was raised by charitable guests at the Coventry and Warwickshire Sports Awards which was distributed between local charities – and the Grace Research Fund was among the nominated causes.