Friday, 25 July 2014

Ex-offenders raise funds for neonatal unit

Ayrshire Maternity Hospital’s Neonatal Unit, which cares for premature babies and new births who develop medical problems, has received a whopping donation of £1,898.33 from a group of ex-offenders.

Based at North Ayrshire Council’s Criminal Justice office in Stevenston, 'The Thistle MAG' is made up of men who have all served prison sentences but have now vowed to repay their communities and help others avoid the mistakes they made in the past.

In April, the group organised a five-a-side football tournament, which also involved teams from a number of different agencies, including the Police and prison officers. As a result, almost £1,900 was raised, which the men decided to donate to the Neonatal Unit based in the Maternity facility at Crosshouse Hospital. One of the Thistle MAG group has a son who was looked after by the dedicated staff at the unit.

Lynne Pollock, Neonatal Unit Co-ordinator, said, “We would like to say a big thank you to the group for this amazing donation and, of course, to everyone who took part in the football tournament. This will go towards the babies we look after, who need that little bit of extra care.”

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