Mum delivers Christmas gifts to Ipswich neonatal unit as a thank you

Vicky delivers the Christmas stockings to the neonatal baby unit at Ipswich Hospital

Vicky Osborne with her two sons, Charlie and Freddie - Credit: Verity Prentice

A care home manager whose son was born at 24 weeks has delivered festive stockings to the neonatal unit at Ipswich Hospital. 

Vicky Osborne, a deputy manager at Bucklesham Grange care home, has been delivering the Christmas gifts for the past seven years as a way to thank the team who cared for her son. 

The stockings contain a box of chocolates, biscuits and drinks, a hand-knitted baby blanket and a special keepsake Christmas ornament. 

Ms Osborne said: "My son was born at 24 weeks and spent 14 weeks total in hospital before coming home. 

"We were lucky enough that he was not in over Christmas but I can only imagine how difficult it must be to have a baby in hospital at this time of year. 

"It's even harder with Covid restrictions in place which mean only parents are allowed to visit the ward and only one at a time." 

As well as the stockings, she has put together hampers to go in the team lounge and family rooms on the ward. 

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"It has been wonderful to have the support from the care home this year, and has meant that I have been able to provide gifts for the amazing team who work so hard to keep these babies safe."