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Author Archives: Sarah Collins, First Touch NNU

You can imagine how wonderful it is for nursing staff and doctors to see the progression of some of the tiny and vulnerable patients that they have cared for, often for many months. One of the ways that we facilitate this is by funding the annual Christmas Party for neonatal graduates, held at the...
Sarah Collins of First Touch NNU in Tooting on the amazing fundraisers who are running, swimming and cycling for the charity – and how you can get involved! “A Summer of Sport” many people call it. And certainly a lot of our super supporters use sporting challenges as a way ...
Sarah Collins of First Touch NNU in Tooting on a busy summer ahead and how one dad will be jumping out of a plane for the charity! Hello from First Touch at St George's neonatal unit! July is incredibly busy for us as we head towards the summer holidays. This Saturday our supporters further...
Sarah Collins of First Touch NNU in Tooting on how they’ll be celebrating Father’s Day this month, plus some exciting news for later in the year. Most of the money we receive in donations at First Touch is used to fund state of the art medical equipment for the neonatal unit at St...
If they need some fresh air we have The First Touch Garden at the entrance to the hospital where they can sit and and take some time out. We provide accommodation within the hospital for families who live a long way away or for families who have a very sick baby, possibly following surgery. Each week...
Slightly further afield, the family and friends of baby Charlotte-Clare Wood are organising a hockey tournament in Thames Ditton on April 13th to raise cash in thanks for the care she received at St George's Hospital. Charlotte-Clare was born ten weeks early and had life saving surgery at our...
I am totally in awe of these dedicated women, who work so hard at St George's and choose to go over and above their medical roles by running 13 miles to raise money for the neonatal unit. You can read more and sponsor them here.  Later this month it’s Mother’s Day. Forty mums ...
We like being able to mark events and festivals for families at St George's Hospital. With Easter around the corner we'd love to give every baby a rabbit finger puppet. As my colleague Louise and I can't knit we are asking for help with this, and have found a beautiful knitting pattern. If...
Sarah Collins, Charity Director at First Touch, who support sick & premature babies at St George's, with information about World Prematurity Day. taking place this Saturday. According to The World Health Organisation in February 2018, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm each year...
Sarah Collins, Charity Director at First Touch, who support sick & premature babies at St George's in Tooting, writes about Baby Loss Awareness Week and this Sunday’s annual Neonatal Memorial Service. This week is Baby Loss Awareness Week. That's absolutely not to ...
Sarah Collins, Charity Director at First Touch, who support sick & premature babies at St George's, writes about the past month and how they’re gearing up for Autumn. August is always our quietest month at First Touch charity, with schools out, families on holiday, youth groups ...
Our other main area of work is to help families with babies at the neonatal unit. Kangaroo Care, where babies are placed on their parent's chest for prolonged skin-to-skin contact, has huge benefits for sick and premature babies. It regulates their heart beat, breathing and temperature,...

 

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