The Cots for Tots charity has been supporting the NEST team for over 5 years, providing life-saving medical equipment. This year, Cots for Tots are raising over £50,000 to buy essential pieces of kit to help transport the most vulnerable and sick babies to and from St Michael’s Hospital.

 

With your help, the NEST team will be able to get lifesaving, critical care equipment and expertise to babies more quickly, to stabilise and transfer the babies promptly and safely. It will also allow them to transfer twins back to their local hospitals together.  This will relieve a huge amount of stress on parents who can be separated from one of their babies for up to a week while NEST responds to emergency calls. The NEST team undertake 750 transfers each year – carefully moving babies to and from their local hospital for specialist services but also collecting Bristol babies who arrive prematurely while their parents are away from home.

 

Help us reach our fundraising target to ensure the NEST team have the full emergency kit on board and reduce the number of journeys they make to free them for the next emergency call. To donate to the NEST appeal, or to request a fundraising pack, please contact info@cotsfortotsappeal.org.uk or call 0117 927 3888.

 

Cots for Tots is Bristol’s special care baby charity, for sick and premature babies at Bristol’s Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael’s Hospital. The charity raises funds for life-saving equipment and pioneering new facilities to help save babies’ lives from Bristol, the South West of England, South Wales and throughout the UK. Cots for Tots House is a dedicated 12 bedroom home from home, providing free accommodation for parents, brothers and sisters of babies in the Special Care Baby Unit.

The Children’s Air Ambulance is our national service, flying critically ill children from one hospital to another for specialist care. They are the first and only dedicated paediatric helicopter emergency transfer service in the country. The bespoke, specialist equipment on board our helicopter provides a flying intensive care unit for children. When a child is too sick to fly, they fly a specialist team to them. With flight times commonly over four times quicker than transfer by road, in many cases, time saved is a life saved.