High Tech training dolls will be provided for the Guernsey Neonatal Unit, thanks to the generosity of local golfers.
As RGGC Lady’s Captain, Di Rihoy’s chosen charity of the year, members and guests took part in a number of fund-raising activities during the year from the captain’s drive in, raffles, bring and buy as well as members donations.
PPBF founder, Jo Priaulx and Sammy Meerveld were invited to the RGGC to accept the donation on behalf of the charity.
“We are ever so grateful that Di chose the PPBF as her charity of the year,” said Mrs Priaulx.
“These generous funds will enable us to provide Premature Anne Twin Training Dolls for the Guernsey Neonatal Unit at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital. These high-tech dolls will help train local midwives, nurses and medical staff in resuscitation and the initiation of proper care of preterm infants,” she said.
Mrs Rihoy chose the PPBF as her charity for the year having experienced what valuable support the charity provides parents of premature babies.
“My daughter had complications during her pregnancy and had to be flown to Southampton for specialist treatment. When my grandson was born, he weighed just 2lbs 9ozs and was immediately placed in an incubator where he stayed for two weeks receiving the best treatment possible.
“On returning to Guernsey he was transferred to the neonatal until at the PEH where he stayed for a further six weeks until he was strong enough to go home,” she said.
“During this time my daughter and her husband had no option other than to stay in an hotel which was very costly.”
Since then, the PPBF has acquired two flats in Southampton, Aggie’s Burrow and Isaac’s Pad, which provide hundreds of cosy and safe nights for Guernsey families whose children are receiving care in Southampton Hospital. “I am thrilled that we have managed to raise so much money to support this wonderful charity who is a Godsend for so many families whose children are undergoing treatment in Southampton,” said Mrs Rihoy.