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News: Author Mike deliv­ers new children’s book to Spe­cial Care Baby Unit

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Mike and family with the team from the Special Care Baby Unit at Bassetlaw
Mike and family with the team from the Special Care Baby Unit at Bassetlaw

Nottingham College Senior Graphic Designer, Mike Condon, and his family, visited Bassetlaw Hospital this week (16 December) to present staff with 100 copies of his new children’s book, the proceeds of which will be going to the Trust’s charity.

The Boy Who Lost His Burp’ tells the sto­ry of Char­lie, a lit­tle boy with a great tal­ent for burp­ing, who sud­den­ly finds him­self in a bit of a jam when a very strange thing hap­pens. Writ­ten and illus­trat­ed by Mike, the book is a way of say­ing thank you’ for the care that he and his wife Kel­ly received, when their daugh­ter, Wil­low, was born pre­ma­ture­ly last year.

Born at just 33 weeks, Wil­low required assis­tance from the hospital’s Spe­cial Care Baby Unit (SCBU) to help her breathe, as well as to under­go a blood trans­fu­sion and addi­tion­al tests. Fol­low­ing a fur­ther three weeks of care and treat­ment, Mike and Kel­ly were final­ly able to take Wil­low home. Show­ing his and his family’s appre­ci­a­tion, Mike decid­ed to put his con­sid­er­able tal­ents to use and cre­at­ed The Boy Who Lost His Burp’, pledg­ing to donate all prof­its from the book to the Trust’s char­i­ty, to be used for the ben­e­fit of the SCBU

Mike, Kel­ly and Wil­low returned to the hos­pi­tal to donate 100 books, all paid for by local busi­ness­es, as well as to meet clin­i­cians and the Trust’s Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer Rebec­ca Joyce and Non-Exec­u­tive Direc­tors, Neil Rhodes, Pat Drake and Kath Smart.

Our first expe­ri­ence of the Spe­cial Care Baby Unit was at a very dif­fi­cult time for us, but the staff did such an amaz­ing job when Wil­low was poor­ly. It was love­ly to take Wil­low back to vis­it now she’s doing so well, and to have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to give some­thing back with the help of some local businesses. 

 — Mike Con­don

The Trust has pledged to deliv­er copies of The Boy Who Lost His Burp’ to younger patients stay­ing at the hos­pi­tal in the run up to Christmas.

Rebec­ca Joyce, Chief Oper­at­ing Offi­cer at Don­cast­er and Bas­set­law Teach­ing Hos­pi­tals, said: On behalf of the entire Trust, we want to thank Mike, Kel­ly and Wil­low for such a kind ges­ture. We are always appre­cia­tive of any dona­tions to the Trust, but see­ing the care, atten­tion and skill which has gone into this book is extreme­ly impres­sive and will make an excel­lent gift for our youngsters.” 

The book is avail­able to buy, and peo­ple can find out more details on Face­book by search­ing for The Boy Who Lost His Burp. 

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  • 20th December 2019 (10:23 AM)
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