Supportive care bags donated to families of babies in intensive care by Newark Business
A fundraising event proved to be a huge boost for an initiative to support families with premature babies.
Sarah Massey, owner of the beloved children‘s clothing online company Ciarán’s Cupboard, created Ciarán’s bags to help families coping with time spent in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs).
The bags contain necessities and small luxuries – including baby clothes, coffee mugs and toiletries – for families, as they often end up in hospital for a long time without warning, because Sarah ended up with two of her children.
Last Saturday, a pop-up fundraising event at Balderton Methodist Church raised over £300 for the cause.
Sarah said: “It was really good, I’m delighted with the response from people.
“The money will go towards 15-20 more bags, which is amazing.”
The money was raised through a raffle, donations and a raffle organized by church members, who also sold refreshments and organized activities for children.
Small businesses in the Newark area were also selling their wares, with payment from their stall going to bags.
“It wasn’t very busy, but August is always a tricky time,” Sarah said.
“It meant too much for people to show up and take an interest in what we do – I met some great people.
“A lady came with her grandson who was born premature and another lady gave me more clothes to sell.
“People also wanted to knit for me and find out how else they could help.
“It opened up a lot of opportunities.”
Following the success of the event, she hopes to organize more, helping her send more bags to NICU families at Queen’s Medical Center and Nottingham City Hospital – and even further afield as she hopes be able to send bags to Lincoln County Hospital in the future.
Sarah has also found support elsewhere in the community, partnering with The Nifty Gift and Wedding Shop, on Cartergate, to create the bags, reducing the cost to produce each to £20.
She also created a Justgiving page, https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ciarans-bags?utm_term=BR8EG7PXr.