Dad launches children’s book to raise funds for premature daughter’s hospital

Dad launches children’s book to raise funds for premature daughter’s hospital

A Worksop Dad whose daughter was born seven weeks prematurely has launched a children’s storybook to raise funds for Bassetlaw Hospital as a thank you for caring for his daughter.

In August 2019 Mike Condon, 38 and his wife Kelly, 39 were excited for the arrival of their first child. However, the pair were devastated after their daughter Willow was born at just 33 weeks and needed immediate assistance from the Special Care Baby Unit at Bassetlaw Hospital. Willow needed help with her breathing, had a blood transfusion and also had countless tests.

Mike is a graphic designer and he used his design skills to create The Boy Who Lost His Burp, to raise funds for the neonatal service. The story tells the tale of Charlie, a little boy with a great talent for burping, who suddenly finds himself in a jam when strange things begin to happen.

Mike said: “Not all hospitals have a special unit like Bassetlaw, and we wanted to do something to show how grateful we are for all the staff." 

He added, “They gave us a lot of support and advice so we were more prepared for when we were finally able to take her home.”

Willow is now a happy, healthy one year old and her parents wanted to give something back to the people that helped so much.

Willow’s mum Kelly said: “We never expected to have a premature baby, and I didn’t even know about that facility existed before. Not only did they help Willow, but they helped us cope with what we were going through.”

In the run up to Christmas the couple launched their Christmas Appeal in which local businesses pledged to purchasing batches of books for them to be wrapped and given to disadvantaged children across the region as Christmas presents. Several councillors contributed a total of £1000 to the appeal using community grants, allowing 166 books to be given to children’s services across the district.

The councillors who contributed are: Cllr Julie Leigh, Cllr David Pidwell, Cllr Clayton Tindle, Cllr Josie Potts, Cllr Alan Rhodes, Cllr Sue Shaw, Cllr John Shepherd, Cllr Lynn Schuller, Cllr Maddy Richardson, Cllr Jack Bowker, Cllr Gill Freeman, Cllr Tony Eaton and Cllr Helen Tamblyn-Saville.

Councillor Julie Leigh, Cabinet member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council said, “It was a pleasure to come together and generate the money to allow this worthwhile cause to be supported. The staff at the Special Baby Care Unit at Bassetlaw Hospital do a wonderful job and we hope this money makes a difference for them and the children they care for.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, March 4, 2020