£5,000 raised for hospital that saved Chinnor girl

The night included an auction. Picture: ANG Photography
The night included an auction. Picture: ANG Photography

A Chinnor mother whose eldest daughter was saved by quick-thinking hospital staff has helped raise £5,000 for charity.

When Lara Collen’s daughter was born there were fears she would bleed internally because she had a dangerously low count of platelets, which clot the blood, and needed a full transfusion.

Staff at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital were able to save her and Ms Collen is now paying them back by raising money for ‘Support for the Sick Newborn and their Parents’, a group based at the centre.

Ms Collen said: “Had it not been for the quick thinking and expertise of the staff within neonatal intensive care unit there is a high chance my daughter would not be here today.

“She is now fighting fit and turning six on December 22.”

The fundraiser was held at the Kings Hotel in Stokenchurch on Saturday.

There was an auction with 12 prizes, including a signed photo of Peter Andre which went for £100, a balloon raffle and the chance to win a night’s stay at the hotel.

All the money raised will go to the hospital, where it is hoped an internal flat can be renovated.

Ms Collen said: “This flat is used for parents coming from all over the country to be with their babies as well as families wishing to spend some private time with their babies in their final days.”

Ms Collen thanked everyone who donated prizes, provided entertainment and all the guests who helped raise the money.