TORQUAY United is pleased to announce our chosen charity for 2018 will be the Special Care Baby Unit situated on level 3 of the Maternity Unit at Torbay Hospital.

We will also be making donations to the NICU baby unit in Bristol, where babies born before 32 weeks of pregnancy are generally taken for specialist care.

Being the chosen charity for 2018 gives the Special Care Baby Unit and NICU an opportunity to conduct bucket collections at Torquay United first-team games, benefit from Plainmoor events, and receive publicity through our media channels to hopefully generate further support for the Unit.

Torquay United’s first contribution to the Unit will come from money raised by the current ongoing Poppy shirt auction, so that means that half will be going to the Royal Britsh Legion and half to the baby unit, get involved now – https://www.torquayunited.com/news-special-edition-poppy-shirts-auction/

The fantastic baby care unit at Torbay Hospital work tirelessly to ensure these brand new arrivals are given every opportunity to recover and thrive after what is the most traumatic experience many people go through in their entire lives, and it is the first experience.

The services they offer include:

Care for premature and sick babies, and their mothers.

Breast feeding support, both within the unit and advising colleagues in the hospital and community.

Breast Pump loan service to support lactation when babies are unable to feed.

Working towards WHO/UNICEF Baby Friendly Accreditation – http://www.babyfriendly.org.uk

Retinopathy screening, investigations of jaundice, blood tests, feeding management.

Baby Massage – taught to mothers by qualified member of staff.

O.N.I. scheme – working with the community – http://www.lullabytrust.org.uk/coni