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CCG Launches children’s Christmas Card Competition

NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has teamed up with BML Creative to launch a children’s Christmas card competition for local children in the west Leeds area.

The competition is open to children aged 4 to 12 who live in west Leeds or attend a school in the area. Winners will receive a £75 voucher for a store of their choice as well as having their designs printed and sold to raise money for Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal.

Competition closes at 5pm on Wednesday 30 September 2015. For more information including the three age categories and how to enter visit:

Neonatal Bonding Squares

Our recent Facebook appeal for ‘bonding squares’ to be used on our Neonatal units has had an overwhelming response, we are so grateful to all who have been in touch wanting to help us out.

If you missed it, we have been asking for knitted squares of 7 x 7 inches for our premature babies.

These squares are given to mother and baby in a pair; baby keeps one in the incubator/cot and mum keeps the other one on her person. Every 12 hours, or when Mum visits, these are switched round.

This encourages bonding because even when Mum isn’t there or able to pick him/her up, the baby can smell her, and it is a comfort to Mum to smell the baby when she has to leave and go home. In addition to this, the scent of the baby triggers the hormones required for the expression of breast milk, which mothers with premature babies often struggle with due to lack of contact.

The squares can be made of any wool and be any colour. They are an extremely simple yet valuable resource to assist breastfeeding and bonding. We are so grateful to all who have taken the time to make some for us. If you have some please send them across to the fundraising office or drop them off any weekday between 8am & 5pm. Here is a picture of little Billy Haywood and his mum Jane who have been using the squares and recommend them very highly!

The Big Jump 2015

A HUGE well done to Emma Parkin, Andrea Cartwright and Laura Kemp, who bravely participated in The Big Jump 2015 for Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal on Sunday 26th July.

Richard Pyrah Benefit Year 2015

We are delighted and proud that Yorkshire County Cricket Club player Richard Pyrah has chosen Leeds Children's Hospital Appeal as one of his charities for his Benefit Year.

Richard will be putting on a number of events over the course of the year that will benefit his chosen charities, including a Gala Dinner at the Royal Armouries on 4th June 2015 and a Golf Day on 6th August 2015.

For more information on Richard's benefit year, visit

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