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Life-saving transport incubator installed at Harrogate Hospital Special Care Baby Unit

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Life-saving transport incubator installed at Harrogate Hospital Special Care Baby Unit 

The Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Harrogate District Hospital has taken delivery of a £33k transport incubator which will provide a lifeline for critically ill babies.

Variety, the children’s charity, organised a fundraising ball for the vital equipment, which will be used to transfer babies who require treatment at specialist units across England with full medical support on route.   

The milestone is part of a major fundraising drive launched by The Rainbow Fund whose campaign to secure wide-ranging equipment for the hospital’s children’s departments has been further boosted by Synergy Automotive coming on board as the Fund’s exclusive corporate partner.

One of the UK’s leading vehicle leasing and finance credit brokers, Harrogate-based Synergy Automotive has pledged to raise £5k to enable the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust to purchase blood pressure and exhaled nitrous oxide equipment for the department.

Kim Pitt, senior sister at SCBU, said: “The tireless support we continue to receive for the unit is inspirational. We were no longer able to service our current Incubator and thanks to The Rainbow Fund and Variety, the children’s charity, our new incubator will allow us to continue this vital service for the babies in our care.  

“We’re also delighted with the news that Synergy Automotive is making a major contribution by providing much needed equipment which will make a big difference to those we look after.”  

Synergy Automotive MD Paul Parkinson said: “The commitment and care provided by the team at the Special Care Baby Unit is inspirational and we are delighted to make a difference by working with The Rainbow Fund which is seeking to raise £109k by the end of this year for Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity.” 

The MD is among a 13-strong team from Synergy Automotive which is undertaking the Yorkshire Warrior Wild Waters race on 24th September at Ripley Castle to raise funds for the equipment.

A champion of putting something back into its local communities, Synergy Automotive is committed to delivering excellence in customer service and has been awarded Gold Trusted Merchant status from the global feedback engine Feefo for achieving a 100 per cent customer service rating for two consecutive years across 2015 and 2016.

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New transport incubator provides lifeline for the SCBU: Paul Parkinson (1st left) with Alexandra Vere of The Rainbow Fund (3rd left) and Kim Pitt, SCBU senior sister at SCBU (4th left) with colleagues

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