Did you know...
The Winnicott Foundation relies entirely on voluntary donations and was founded in 1985 by parents and doctors who wanted to do more for premature and sick babies than the NHS was able to do. Originally formed to help the neonatal unit at St Mary’s, the charity is now supporting both of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s neonatal units at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith and St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, where we have recently funded a suite of six new parent bedrooms, and a sitting room, so that parents can stay with their babies, in the unit, whilst getting ready to go home.
What makes Winniccott different
Winnicott Foundation works with medical staff and parents to meet the long-term and day-to-day needs of babies, their families and of the neonatal units. At Queen Charlotte’s we look after babies born from 23 weeks and provide support for the whole family. This continues with follow up appointments once the family goes home and we support the ‘Next Steps’ group for parents and their babies to attend where parents can meet other families and discuss any issues or concerns with our trained team of nurses and physcologists. We provide bereavement support and have a hardship fund to help parent with travel costs. We also help to increase skill levels in the neonatal unit by providing staff training, books and information.
Other ways to support
We have a number of volunteering opportunities throughout the year, including helping with our events, fundraising days at Paddington station with our incubator, cheer points to support our runners in the London Marathon and British 10K, placing and monitoring of collection boxes in local businesses, making up ‘Welcome Bags’ for new parents and knitting hats and blankets for the babies.