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The Friends' are here to raise funds to buy additional much-needed equipment for the intensive care of babies in the Neonatal Unit at the Royal Derby Hospital. 

The friends work really to raise money at ‘Friends’ include fundraising at local events i.e. Carnivals, schools, raffles, marathons etc. A major source of income comes from local clubs and associations who give magnificent financial support raised from sponsored events. Also donations are received from bereaved parents.

In March 1977, led by a committee of six, £1,116.00 was raised and spent on equipment.

The next twelve months saw a further £2,013.00 raised and year on year funds have grown.

In 1983/4 an appeal was launched which resulted in the purchase of a Head Scanner at a cost of £25,000. We find the people of Derby and Derbyshire have been extremely generous to our cause.

We were established in 1976, we have raised just over £2 million pounds. The ‘Friends’ are very thankful to all individuals, companies and organisations who have fundraised for the ‘Friends’ over the years.

The work of the ‘Friends’ will always be ongoing whilst there is a Neonatal / NICU in Derby and babies need this care. We support the staff who do a wonderful job wherever we can and parents can never thank them enough.

The unit is now expanding to take more intensive ‘cots’ and this means more equipment, as well as replacing worn out ones. We continue to flourish and proud of what we have achieved and couldn't have done it without the loyal Friends who have supported the charity from the very start.

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All the friends of the baby unit are all volunteers? Interested in getting to know more about our team?
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THANKS TO YOUR SUPPORT, WE HAVE...

Raised over £2,000,000 in financial support
Donated 200+ items of life saving equipment
Donated 200+ items of life saving equipment
Organised over 500 events to raise awareness of the Baby Unit

How you can help us

We’re grateful for any level of support that you can offer to us. We work very hard to support the Neonatal unit in the critical job of saving lives and every penny makes an enormous difference. Here are a few ways you can support us.

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Give the gift of life this Christmas

Give the gift of life this Christmas It's not too early to think about Christmas! This year, instead of cards or gifts, why not donate to the special babies in the unit who are the biggest gift.
August 11, 2021
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Friends of the Baby Unit turns 45

Local Derby charity, Friends of The Baby Unit is turning the modest age of 45 on 24 July. The Friends of the Baby Unit also fondly known as FOBU is the charity linked to supporting the neonatal unit at Royal Derby Hospital.
August 11, 2021
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FRIENDS OF THE BABY UNIT DERBY
CHARITY NO: 156864

ROYAL DERBY HOSPITAL
UTTOXETER ROAD
DERBY
DE22 3NE

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