12 days of Christmas Kindness: seven fantastic fundraisers

It is wonderful to see the support from patients, colleagues and our local community. There has been such a range of fundraising events to support SASH this year – here are just a few of our favourites…

1.) Parice and her family skydive for SASH Charity

“Alfie was born at 26 weeks due to his mum having sepsis and appendicitis. When Alfie was born, he was very small and poorly. He required a lot of care, which three different hospitals provided, but East Surrey stood out the most. They saved his life and went above and beyond to give him the care he required.” – Parice

They raised £2,207 to support the neonatal unit and it was all the more meaningful for Alfie, to be able to present the cheque to the team himself, as a thank you for the care he received.

2.) Mark and Steven’s 24 hour snooker event and raffle

Mark wanted to support SASH Charity for very personal reasons saying “it is very close to our hearts as in the family we have experienced the pain of losing a child, our son Zack Terence Fairclough on 03/06/2009” With the support of Steven, they raised £2,370 for our neonatal services.

3.) The Trio Chop

Hanah Mecrow, digital trainer at SASH was inspired to fundraise along side her daughters to support SASH Charity and The Little Princess Trust, by donating 7 inches of hair each.

Hanah says Last year my kind, thoughtful 6 year old daughter, Wynter asked me if she could cut her hair for charity. This bought a tear to my eye to think that someone so young would want to donate her hair and raise funds for charity.

This outstanding gesture then encouraged my 4 year old daughter to also want to donate her long brown locks to charity.

One extremely proud mum, of two extraordinary children who will forever inspire me to forever thrive and be the best version of myself are the reason we have created The Trio Chop.

We will all be donating at least 7inch of hair each to The Little Princess Trust. The funds raised will be divided equally in aid of SASH Charity and The Little Princess Trust.”

Together, they have raised a total of £1493.63 which was divided equally between both charities, supporting our staff welfare appeal.


4.) Kaden’s walk to Brighton

At just six years old, Kaden completed a 36 mile walk to Brighton alongside his family, split over a few days and has raised a total of: £3223.75 to go towards SASH Charity and The Little Roo Neonatal Fund.

Kaden’s fundraising was inspired by his baby sister, Nyla.

His family recount the day… “On June 2nd 2020, Our beautiful baby girl Nyla was born. Kaden’s dream of becoming a big brother became a reality but unexpectedly took a turn for the worse. Nyla’s heartbeat was not being detected so within 19 minutes of arriving at the hospital, I was rushed into theatre, put to sleep and Nyla was delivered via emergency c section. The team on that night, delivered her in 3 minutes, which is just incredible, and we believe the fast actions and decisions made that night saved Nyla’s life. Nyla was born not breathing; she had to be resuscitated and took her first spontaneous breath at minute 5. She was diagnosed with severe HIE at birth and started Hypothermia cooling Therapy shortly after birth for 72 hours. She had to be transferred to a grade 3 NICU as she was critical and on that transfer we nearly lost our baby girl again. This hospital was sadly not close to home either and because of covid19 rules and regulations it meant we were separated from Kaden, as we could not have any family or friends with us. During Nyla’s re-warming she experienced seizures, and consultants and nurses told us that even though she was the biggest baby in the unit she was the sickest baby in the unit too. She was also on £150,000 worth of equipment helping to make her better and save her life!

We spent 5 weeks in total in intensive care, between the 2 hospitals and the care our baby girl received at both hospitals is still to this day 10 months later, hard to put into words. NICU is another world in itself and seeing first-hand the care, the time, the dedication and the love that comes with every nurse, doctor and consultant really is mind blowing. They work so hard, nonstop, and even during a global pandemic, from the inside of those hospital walls we saw them go above and beyond. The support and love we also received as parents gave us the strength we so badly needed at a time when we could have no one else. We found ourselves our own NICU family. We will forever be grateful to every team that was a part of Nyla’s journey and this is why we are here today.

Kaden has shown nothing but strength and bravery over the past year. With the unsettling time of covid 19 and home schooling, to then be separated from us for 5 weeks and patiently waiting and worrying about his baby sister, we thought we couldn’t be any prouder of him, until he told us he wanted to walk to Leicester where his god parents live to raise money for the hospitals that looked after Nyla. We have always taught him to aim high and that he can achieve anything but we did have to persuade him that Leicester is a bit too far for his 1st sponsored walk!!! And so we sat down and discussed somewhere that would still be a challenge for him but also totally achievable for him and his strong little legs!

We think Kaden is an amazing big brother to his little sister Nyla and his selfless nature is outstanding – well done Kaden!


5.) Robert Squires – The Brighton Half Marathon

Robert has raised £1927.04 for Olive’s appeal by completing the Brighton Half Marathon.

His perspective for fundraising to support SASH draws on his personal experience of needing the neonatal services. Robert provides an incredibly touching account of how important these services are:

“I remember the exact moment we were told that we were having identical twins, we looked at each other in shock and then after a moment of shock, we smiled at each other and began to laugh, we’d planned to become a family of 5 but not a family of 6. We realised that it was going to be a big change but it was a blessing that few parents experience. We very quickly found out that our journey wasn’t going to be straightforward. It would be long road ahead and one with many bumps, some highs and ultimately some lows.

We spent weeks driving to St George’s for scans and constant monitoring. Leanne was given an emergency procedure at 18 weeks to remove the connection between the twins. We were told the next 24 hours were critical. Both Daisy-Mae and Poppy-Mae survived the procedure.

Whilst Poppy-Mae was much smaller she was fighting and slowly growing. Daisy-Mae continued to grow and also got stronger day by day. On the morning of 30th June 2017 we went for our usual visit at St George’s, the scan revealed the news we’d been dreading, that Poppy-Mae had passed away. It was devastating for us and the children – we’d explained they would both have a baby to take home from the hospital

On the 12th August, Daisy-Mae decided it was time to arrive 10 weeks early. The Neonatal team at East Surrey Hospital were amazing from the second we arrived; the reassurance, the calmness and the expertise really helped to settle us down for the pretty much instant c-section. Daisy-Mae was a very tiny 3Ib 4oz.

Daisy-Mae started her neonatal journey in intensive care, from there she was transferred to the high dependency unit where she spent the first 2 months of her life in an incubator. The care provided was 24/7 from feeding milk a test tube, to changing tiny nappies and being bathed, this looked so easy in the hands of the experts. Thankfully she flew through her milestones and very soon we took home the smallest baby I’ve ever seen. She continues to amaze us and will start school in September.

I’ll never be able to repay the amazing team at East Surrey and I can’t even begin to put a value on what they did for us, the work they do is incredible and nothing was ever any trouble.

The training for this marathon has given me many hours to think, the simplest way to put it is 50% of the loss, 100% of the pain. I’ve always wanted to raise some money to help support the neonatal unit and the families who need them in the future.”

6.) Tiny Toes Walkathon took place on 13th November 2021 to support our wonderful SASH Neonatal Unit as well as The Little Roo Foundation and Bliss. The walkathon consisted of a 24 mile walk, with our very own Sister Laura from SASH, raising money for neonatal intensive care units and those charities supporting families with sick and premature babies.

Together they have raised an incredible £4251 and counting. 

7.) Lingfield College Prep – Captain Tom 100 challenge

Lingfield College Prep raised £1358.13 for our general appeal, by completing the Captain Tom 100 challenge; from throwing and catching, running laps and counting their steps.

Year 2 and Year 6 showed us just how much fun they had in the process running around, completing 100 claps with one another to support SASH. We think each and every pupil is amazing for completing this challenge!

To create more moments and support those in need at SASH please text 12NHS to donate £12 this Christmas to 70085 (text costs £12 + one standard message) – Thank you.