Project information

The Little Lives Appeal

To redevelop Milton Keynes Hospital's Neonatal Unit, providing more space and a better environment for vulnerable babies and their families.

January 2008 - March 2012

Charity information: Milton Keynes Hospital Charity

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  • Need


    Milton Keynes Hospital’s Neonatal Unit cares for all babies that are born too early (premature) and babies that are unwell after they are born. As one in ten babies in and around Milton Keynes is born prematurely, the Unit needs to undergo a redevelopment to meet an increasing demand for our specialist services. This is even more important as Milton Keynes is a growing, new city, with an above average increase in young families.


    In response to this need for additional cots and space, the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity launched the Little Lives Appeal. A redevelopment of the Unit will create additional space and allow us to enhance our family-friendly facilities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To redesign and redevelopment the hospital's Neonatal Unit.


    » To purchase an additional three cots for premature, small and ill babies, taking the total from 18 to 21.
    » To redevelopment the cot areas of the Unit, creating more space.
    » To redevelop the parent areas in the Unit, providing enhanced facilities for parents to stay overnight and bond with their baby.
    » To provide equipment of the latest technical specification, enhance staff facilities and create a new, more spacious reception area.

    Success will be raising £250,000 to fund the complete redevelopment of the Unit.

  • Impact


    Having an enchanced and more spacious Neonatal Unit will essentially mean we no longer have to send babies to other hospitals when the Unit is working to full capacity. Parents will have an improved space to stay, creating a much better environment for mother and baby to bond.


    There is a risk that we will not meet our target by March 2012. We have dealt with this by making sure our donors and supporters have good, close relationships with the hospital and also setting up a carefully-planned programme of events throughout the year to encourage further support.


    Supporters of the Little Lives Appeal will receive a Fundraising e-bulletin, a newsletter and can visit our website for more details. We will also have regular features in the local newspapers and radio, and encourage donors to come in and meet the Unit staff.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £250,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £170,000 Phase I Redevelopment of cot areas, purchase of new cots and creation of new reception area.
      £80,000 Phase II Redevelopment of parents area

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Milton Keynes Community £175,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    This project is based in Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


    Little Lives benefits a number of different individuals and groups - firstly, premature, small or very ill babies, their parents and families. It also benefits those in the Milton Keynes community who might require the service in the future.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Every year more than 350 premature, small and ill babies are admitted to the Neonatal Unit in Milton Keynes. Our staff are dedicated and experienced in this particular field and many of the donations that have been received are from parents and families who babies have been saved through the care and attention of staff on the Unit. This service is vital to the Milton Keynes community.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Glenda Deacon

    Glenda works tirelessly as the Neonatal Unit Manager and has also been instrumental in raising funds and awareness of the Little Lives appeal.