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Couple ask for donations to Ipswich Hospital neonatal unit from wedding guests

PUBLISHED: 10:22 08 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:22 08 December 2016

Left to right. Top row: Nurse Lyn Wishart; Anna Stollery, donor engagement officer with The Ipswich Hospital Charity; and Kev and Ruth Ellis.
Bottom row: Kev Chambers holding Skye and Kathryn holding Lylia; with Kathryn Sheila Gauld, ward sister.

Left to right. Top row: Nurse Lyn Wishart; Anna Stollery, donor engagement officer with The Ipswich Hospital Charity; and Kev and Ruth Ellis. Bottom row: Kev Chambers holding Skye and Kathryn holding Lylia; with Kathryn Sheila Gauld, ward sister.

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A couple have thanked Ipswich Hospital for the care staff gave their premature twin nieces by ditching their wedding gift list and asking for donations for the neonatal unit instead.

Baby Lylia at Ipswich Hospital's neonatal unit.Baby Lylia at Ipswich Hospital's neonatal unit.

Ruth and Kev Ellis’s nieces Skye and Lylia spent six weeks in the unit after they were born three months’ early last year.

The couple were so impressed with the care the babies received that they decided to ask guests for donations when they tied the knot on October 1, raising a total of £2,575.

“We couldn’t believe the generosity of our guests,” said Ruth, who lives in Ipswich and got married at Copdock Hall. “Kev and I live together anyway so didn’t really need anything, and thought this would be a nice way to give something to somebody else. We were all really grateful for the care which Skye and Lylia received, and hope the money will make a big difference to other babies in the future.”

Mandy Jordan, head of fundraising at The Ipswich Hospital Charity, said the team was incredibly grateful for the donation.

Baby Skye in Ipswich Hospital's neonatal unit.Baby Skye in Ipswich Hospital's neonatal unit.

She added: “Asking for donations instead of wedding presents is a really lovely idea, and we’d like to pass our thanks to Ruth, Kev and all of their guests for their generosity.”

To find out more about supporting Ipswich Hospital, call 01473 702929.

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