M&S Donation to Royal Jubilee Hospital

23/06/2017

As part of Make It Matter Day, local Marks & Spencer customers and staff presented the Regional Neonatal Unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital with special incubator blankets.

Staff at the Belfast store, with the help of two expert seamstresses and ex-contestants of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee, set up a sewing studio in-store with 40 volunteer sewers helping to make special incubator blankets for premature babies to lie on. 

The volunteers managed to produce 200 special incubator blankets for premature babies in the Regional Neonatal Unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.  The blankets which will provide added comfort to premature babies during the time they spend in an incubator, will also be a sooth for those babies who get to go home and an important memory keepsake for families that are not so fortunate to bring their babies home.

Brenda Kelly, Head of Midwifery at Belfast Trust said: “These lovely little blankets are a welcome splash of colour in what is a very clinical environment.  They enable us to provide a homely personal touch for families at what can be a difficult and emotional time for them, as well as being used to promote developmental care by helping to support and position our babies.  Thanks to our community volunteers and M&S Belfast for helping us to provide a bit of extra support when it is needed.”

Joanne Murray, M&S Belfast Store Project Co-ordinator, said: “We were really excited to come together to support The Prenatal Trust / Regional Neonatal Unit at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Volunteering can make a profound difference to the communities in which we live, work and play – we believe that lots of the small actions from lots of people, can collectively have a huge impact.  We hope to raise awareness and build strong bonds with sewing groups across the province that could perhaps become a great resource when the unit need these blankets again.”