Neo-natal charity gets £906 boost from store

GIFT From left, Lorraine Blackburn, ward sister Diane Urquhart, and John Lewis Knight and Lee members of staff Ruth Kirby Elaine Stanley at the neonatal unit
GIFT From left, Lorraine Blackburn, ward sister Diane Urquhart, and John Lewis Knight and Lee members of staff Ruth Kirby Elaine Stanley at the neonatal unit
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HUNDREDS of pounds have been donated to a baby unit in Portsmouth.

Through the John Lewis Community Matters scheme, Knight and Lee, in Palmerston Road, Southsea, presented a cheque for £906 to the Ickle Pickles charity.

Nationally the charity helps neo-natal units, which support premature babies.

Lorraine Blackburn, of the charity, said: ‘Our current appeal is set up with the Cosham neo-natal unit, and we are aiming to purchase 15 phototherapy lights at a total cost of £35,000.

‘The money donated from John Lewis Knight and Lee will really make a difference.’

The store had £3,000, and after a vote split it between three charities – Portsmouth Stroke Club, The Rowans Hospice Meerkat Service and Ickle Pickles. Customers decide how much each cause receives, via a voting system in the shop’s restaurant.

John Smith, branch manager of Knight and Lee, said: ‘Our customers are now familiar with Community Matters and the feedback has been great.

‘People stop and take time to choose the charity they’d like to see John Lewis support.

‘It is exciting for us to see how the vote has been split and for us to now make the donations to these very worthwhile community groups.’