The NHS Lincolnshire Citizens’ Panel May prize draw winner has donated her £250 prize to her charity that provides care packages to families of newborn babies who are unexpectedly transferred out of Pilgrim Hospital.
Lincolnshire resident and panel member Alison Marriott was selected at random to win the £250 May prize. The next £250 prize draw takes place at the end of June and will include all members, so sign up now at hwlincs.co.uk/citizenspanel for your chance to win.
Alison said: “The reason I joined the NHS Lincolnshire Citizens’ Panel was to use my experiences to help others and make sure that different voices were heard, mainly for the safety and physical and mental well-being of newborn babies and their families. Different voices need to be heard and listened to for the best outcomes.”
Newborn matters are close to Alison’s heart and she has donated her prize money to a charity she runs that provides care packages to families whose newborn babies are unexpectedly transferred to another hospital from the Pilgrim due to medical issues.
Alison said: “This surprise win is going to be entirely donated to the SoS Neonatal Transfer Bags scheme which I run. It’s much appreciated by the families who receive the bags when their baby is too poorly and they are transferred to hospitals away from Pilgrim Hospital.”
“Feedback from staff and families alike is that these bags make a really important difference. £250 will help eight more families at what will often prove to be the most challenging time of their lives.”
Alison has run the scheme since 2018 and SoS Neonatal Transfer Bags contain essentials for both baby and it’s family. Anyone interested in the scheme can donate an amount on the GoFundMe page or sponsor a box for £30.
Panel membership offers the chance to have a direct say on healthcare issues. To join the NHS Lincolnshire Citizens’ Panel, visit www.hwlincs.co.uk/citizenspanel
HWLincs is recruiting panel members on behalf of NHS Lincolnshire and aims to create a representative panel of our local people.