Today the Princess Royal Hospital’s (PRH) Neonatal Unit received an early Christmas present courtesy of Shrewsbury Golf Club, who donated over £5000 in support.

Over the year a range of activities from golf competitions to fund raising raffles has generated £5,260 to support the hospital unit at PRH in Telford, which works to provide the highest standard of care for premature and ill babies. The money was presented to the Neonatal Unit at Shrewsbury Golf Club's Christmas carol service where the club choir led members in Yuletide celebrations.

Each year Shrewsbury Golf Club elects a charity to raise money for during the course of the year. They are selected by the Captain and Lady Captain of the club at the beginning of the year. This year the Club Captain, Nick Baker and the Lady Captain, Tina Robinson, chose PRH’s Neonatal Unit.

Dr. Sanjeev Deshpande, Clinical Director for Neonatology at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust which runs PRH, joined members of Shrewsbury Golf Club at their annual carol service to enjoy Yuletide celebrations, and accept a cheque for £5,260.

“We care for pre-term and ill babies, so often the technology we use is very expensive,” said Dr Deshapnde.
“We use a range of equipment from incubators and machines that cool babies and support their breathing to machines that deliver vital fluids and nutrients. The funds raised by Shrewsbury Golf Club this year are very welcome and help to support the care our staff provide to our pre-term babies. I’d like to thank Shrewsbury Golf Club for their generous donation that will help save the lives of babies.”

Tina Robinson’s grand-daughter, Violet Mae Robinson, was also at the presentation. Violet was one of the reasons for supporting the charity, receiving critical care from the Neonatal Unit when she was born prematurely.

“Violet would not be alive without the care she had from a neonatal unit. Today she is a very healthy 2 year old. That’s why our fund raising this year aimed to ensure that our local neonatal unit at PRH has what it needs to look after young babies and new parents,” reveals Tina.

Over 70 members of the club came to hear the club choir, made up of 20 club members, and join them in singing a wide range of Christmas carols. Tina Robinson and Nick Baker thanked club members for participating in a wide range of activities over the year to raise the money for the charities. 

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