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£1,000 raised to help families on neonatal ward

£1,000 raised to help families on Scunthorpe neonatal ward

12 July 2017

Little Owls Nursery in Scunthorpe joined in North Lincolnshire Children’s Literacy Trust’s fundraising efforts and has raised £1,000 for Scunthorpe Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The Trust is fundraising in partnership with the Health Tree Foundation to provide important resources to families whose new-born babies spend time in the NICU.

Little Owls raised the money though a sponsored treasure hunt.

As part of the scheme, parents whose babies are being cared for will be given fantastic literacy packs, including a copy of the award-winning book ‘Guess How Much I Love You’, song booklets, audio downloads and gift bags. Education officers from North Lincolnshire Council will provide staff and train volunteers to help parents make the most of their packs.

The innovative project aims to highlight the importance of communicating and reading with babies. Studies show that sharing stories and rhymes with babies from an early age stimulates brain development while helping families to bond.

The resources will help families like the Taylors, whose daughter Erin was delivered prematurely, at 28 weeks. Erin’s mother Katie reflected on the positive impact of reading. She said:

“Whilst Erin was in NICU we frequently read her the story ‘Guess How Much I Love You’. We found reading was a fantastic way to talk to Erin so she could bond and build relationships with us as well as start to recognise our voices. Her older sister Morgan really enjoyed sharing the story with her whilst we spent a significant time on NICU”.

The scheme, which is underpinned by the latest research, has already been piloted to great effect in Bradford and Middlesbrough.

Cllr David Rose, cabinet member for Children, Families and Learning at North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Parents play a vital role, not only in supporting their baby’s development, but also in creating a passion for lifelong reading. These literacy resources will help them to develop feelings of intimacy, whilst supporting the language skills of their baby.

“This worthwhile project has captured many hearts and on behalf of the Trust I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the many organisations who have worked with us and continue to generously support our efforts.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this excellent initiative make a big difference to the lives of some of North Lincolnshire’s youngest residents”.

To pilot the scheme for a year will cost £3,000 and will see up to 600 babies on the NICU given the book packs.

Any fundraising or donations for the Children’s Literacy Trust will be gratefully received. For more information please contact Ailsa Leggott, Early Years Development Officer, on ailsa.leggott@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 296652.

North Lincolnshire Children’s Literacy Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) founded in October 2016 by North Lincolnshire Council.

The organisation has a board of trustees which includes business professionals, community representatives, and people from the voluntary sector, schools and the council.

The main aims of the Children’s Literacy Trust are to:

  • Raise awareness and address North Lincolnshire’s literacy challenge to equip children with literacy skills fit for employment and life.

  • Establish literacy programmes, campaigns and partnerships to support and empower North Lincolnshire communities to improve the skills and confidence of those in need of literacy support.

  • Work in partnership with schools, the education sector and business and community partners to identify literacy priorities for children, young people and their families and develop a range of approaches meet local need.

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First Published:12 July 2017
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