Crafty creations boost premature baby fund

By Ian Dipple Friday 25 April 2014 Updated: 25/04 08:55

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MEMBERS of a craft group have used their creations to raise money to care for premature babies.

A total of £120 has been donated to Tilly Totts by members of the group which meets every Tuesday at

Oasis Christian Centre off Plymouth Road. They make a range of items from greeting cards to Christmas

tree decorations which are then sold to raise money for charities at home and abroad.

They chose to donate to Tilly Totts after reading the Standard's front page story about the charity. It was set-up by Webheath couple Amee and Russell Heath in honour of their daughter Matilda who weighed the same as a bag of sugar when she was born more than 14 weeks early at the Alexandra Hospital on Boxing

Day last year.

The aim is to raise enough money to buy a CPAP machine, which helps premature babies whose lungs have not properly developed to breathe, and other equipment for the neonatal unit at the Alex.

Joanne Goodwin, from Oasis Christian Centre, said: "Last year we donated money to a charity which helps women in India and this year we wanted to do something local and when we saw the article about Matilda we thought you can't get more local than our own hospital."

Amee said: "It was really generous of the group and fantastic they thought to donate to our charity."

More than £2,000 has now been raised with the hope of collecting more cash from a fund-raising night on May 9 including a raffle, auction and disco at Rocklands Social Club. It starts at 7pm and tickets are £5 for adults and free for under-16s and are available by contacting 07546 806152 or through the Facebook page Matilda Sarah Faith Heath.

A vintage fayre and craft sale organised by Victoria Edge is also being held on May 17 from 10am to 4pm at Webheath Village Hall. Visit for more information on the charity.

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