Family’s thanks to unit

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A Buchan family have raised more than £400 for Aberdeen Royal Infirmary’s Neonatal unit after they asked for donations rather than gifts for their daughter’s baptism.

Jill and Kevin Cook’s daughter Leah was born on April 19, 2010 at just 27 weeks and was immediately taken to the hospital’s neonatal unit.

Leah spent 16 weeks in the unit and eventually was allowed home on oxygen.

The youngster was baptised at Crimond Parish Church on September 16, 2012 and instead of gifts Jill and Kevin asked their guests to give donations to the Neo-Natal Unit.

On Monday the couple visited the unit where they handed over a cheque for the sum of £434.30 - the sum raised from the donations received.

Receiving the cheque was the consultant and the nurse who looked after Leah in the unit. Looking on was Leah’s brother Callum.

Jill told the Buchanie: “We would like to thank everyone who donated so generously for the unit.

“Leah is doing really well now, she has met all her milestones.

“A member of the Friends of the Special Nursery for Aberden NNU has made up a scrap book of stories of people who have been in the NNU and this book was launched on saturday.

“As part of this I supplied Leah’s story which is in the scrapbook.

“This is the first fundraiser we have done, but we do plan to do more - hopefully a sponsored walk later in the year,” added Jill.