Clare, James and Joseph with staffA couple from Barnsley raised a fantastic £500 for Barnsley Hospital Charity’s Tiny Hearts Appeal when they took part in a more extreme ice bucket challenge.

Claire and James Singleton decided to support the Tiny Hearts Appeal after their son, Joseph, spent over three months in the Special Care Baby Unit at Barnsley Hospital when he was born 14 weeks early in 2012.

Claire and James took part in the ice bucket challenge in September and felt that this fundraising challenge would be the perfect way to raise money for the Tiny Hearts Appeal. However, their ice bucket challenge was different to most as it involved a large digger pouring a loader full of freezing cold ice water over Claire and James.

The couples’ endurance paid off when they managed to raise an incredible £500 for the Tiny Hearts Appeal.

Claire said: “We chose to get involved with the Tiny Hearts Appeal to show our appreciation for the outstanding care that Joseph received throughout the harsh first months of his life. We also want to contribute towards the new unit which is to be built for the comfort of poorly babies and their parents.

“Joseph is now 2 years and 4 months old and is doing remarkably well, he is our little miracle.”

The Tiny Hearts Appeal aims to raise £1 million to support the development of a brand new Special Care Baby Unit at Barnsley Hospital. The new unit will focus on being centred around families and will enable staff to work more efficiently when caring for these vulnerable babies and their individual needs.

Sue Gibson, head of nursing and midwifery at Barnsley Hospital, said: “We really want to encourage the Barnsley community to support this campaign and fundraise in any way they can, just like Claire and James. The staff on the Special Care Baby Unit already receive amazing feedback and their care will only be enhanced on with the new unit.”

To get involved with the Tiny Hearts Appeal, contact Lisa Calvert at lisa.calvert@nhs.net or call the charity office on 01226 431650.