Thousands raised for Special Care Baby Unit
A businesswoman from Worthing has raised thousands of pounds for the Special Care Baby Unit at Worthing Hospital walking the Great Wall of China. Melanie Peters, who runs the marketing company Thebestof Worthing said completing the gruelling 92,000 steps over five days with her friend Chelsea Harman was a life-changing experience. Together, the couple raised £18,000 and after costs split the fund between their chosen charities – Love Your Hospital, which supports Worthing, Southlands and St Richard’s hospitals, and Babybuddy, co-founded by Chelsea.
Melanie, 39 from Worthing, said: “I have supported Love Your Hospital for nearly five years and the Special Care Baby Unit is close to my heart. “We visited it the other day and then it became real, and you realise just how special it is.” The money Melanie raised will be used to help the Special Care Baby Unit at Worthing Hospital, which looks after children born prematurely or those with complex needs. Nicola Godwin, Love Your Hospital corporate fundraiser, said: “This was an amazing challenge and we were extremely lucky to have had Melanie raise such an impressive sum for a great and much needed cause. “We are continuing to raise money for the Special Care Baby Unit, and would welcome any support people would like to offer.” To raise £18,000, Melanie and Chelsea hosted a number of charity events which included an event at The Fish Factory restaurant in Worthing, as well as 35 people abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth. Melanie said: “I never dreamed we would raise so much money, and I really want to thank every single person who helped us, whether it was a pound or five hundred pounds, every single penny matters.” A number of local businesses rallied to their cause, including Thebestof Worthing; Brio; Darren Crabb Wealth Management; Clear Computing LTD; Valusys; Julian Church & Associates; Heaton & Highgrove House; Facemedia Group; Janet Scott; and Loran Cake Co. To find out more about Love Your Hospital and how you could support Worthing, Southlands or St Richard’s hospitals visit www.loveyourhospital.org