The Neonatal Unit Care Package program is expanding!
The Neonatal Unit Care Package program has been a flagship support program for Tiny Sparks WA, providing over 110 separate families with a Care Package at a difficult time in their lives. Funded entirely from public donations through Tiny Sparks WA fundraising or individual donations of whole Care Packages, these Care Packages have been well received by recipients and hospital staff, with wonderful feedback offered by recipients, a sample of which is below:
"Loved it at a time when nobody knows what to say or give as a gift"
"It made me feel very supported"
"It was an awesome gesture and really made my day"
"They are an amazing thing to receive, I will be donating"
We are now thrilled to announce a significant expansion of the Neonatal Unit Care Package program!
As of 1 July 2015 the distribution will increase to parents of babies born up to and including 1500g which will capture a significant number more families!
The expanded program has the potential to reach over twice the number of families in the next 12 months than the program has since its commencement in May 2014!
New Outfit Sizes
The original Neonatal Unit outfits that our industrious volunteers have been creating have been sized to approximately 1.2kg, therefore, the expanded Neonatal Unit Care Package program, which will reach babies born up to 1500g, requires a new size of outfit!
Newly posted on our Knitting and Sewing page are additional girls and boys patterns in 'up to 1.6kg' sizing. These have been listed under the 'low stock' heading as they are brand new - if you are able to assist in creating outfits in this new size and building our supplies we would be very grateful!
Links to full instructions, pattern downloads and FAQs are all available from our Knitting and Sewing page.
We would like to thank all donors past, present and future for allowing the Neonatal Unit Care Package program to be a success and allowing its expansion! We would also like to extend a massive thank you to the key staff at KEMH who distribute all of the Care Packages and who are the crucial link between Tiny Sparks WA and the recipients.
Yes, we want to keep expanding! Tiny Sparks WA acknowledges that it is not only premature babies that experience the Neonatal Unit, and as such, we are looking towards future expansions to other hospitals that will cater to the families of newly born babies requiring long term Neonatal Unit care due to illness or other reasons. Watch this space!
Full details of all Care Package programs are available on our Care Package page.