Young Alfie given warm welcome on return to Vic
Alfie and mum, Emma
Staff at the Victoria Hospital welcomed back a much-loved and familiar face last week as young Alfie Morris joined his mum to donate a fundraising cheque.
Alfie was born almost three months premature in March last year and spent the first 11 weeks of his life in intensive care. However, since then the Dunfermline lad hasn’t looked back and on Thursday (30 March) he accompanied mum, Emma, in returning to the Special Care Baby Unit.
Emma and her partner, Christopher, raised £750 for the Unit, which was then increased to £1,250 by the Pitreavie branch of the Nationwide Building Society, where Alfie’s gran, Nancy MacDonald, works. The money was raised through cake, bake and craft sales, and customers at the Nationwide were also encouraged to guess Alfie’s weight.
The funds will go towards improving the experiences of parents and families visiting the Special Care Baby Unit and mum, Emma, said she wants other parents to have the same experience she had: “When I was in with Alfie over Easter the staff were brilliant. Christopher and I were given an Easter card from him that was made up with his picture on, whilst my daughter was given an Easter egg. It was all an effort to make things feel a bit more normal while Alfie was in hospital and I’m told the staff make the same effort on other special days such as Christmas and Mothers Day. The money we raised will go towards funding more of these lovely gestures and help give others the same positive experience we had.
Senior Charge Nurse on the Special Care Baby Unit, Lynn Kuz, said: “We would like to thank Emma, Christopher, Nancy, the Nationwide and everyone who made a kind donation to this fundraiser. Every single donation that we receive goes towards improving the patient care and making the hospital a less daunting place to come for young children.”