Pride of Britain East Midlands Nominee: Kate Repton
Watch a video about Kate’s Work for Friends of the Baby Unit.
“Today, it’s Kate Repton from Milford in Derbyshire. Kate has spent forty years fundraising for the neonatal unit at the Royal Derby Hospital. The charity she founded has brought thousands of pounds of lifesaving equipment into the unit – as Melissa Wright reports.”
Special care for babies had existed at the Nightingale Maternity Home, Derby since 1947, but in 1973 the new modern ‘SPECIAL CARE BABY UNIT‘ was set up at the Derby City Hospital.
Previously donations of a sporadic nature had been gratefully received by the unit. However a move towards more continuous support was started when a mother, following the death of her baby daughter in 1975 and the subsequent birth of their son in 1976, gave a garden party at their home in Allestree supported by family and friends to raise funds for the ‘Special Care Baby Unit’.
This was the birth of the ‘Friends of the Special Care Baby Unit Fund’ and now continues to flourish as activities increase from year to year. It is managed by the ‘Friends’ and is independent of the ‘Hospital’s Charity Trust’.