Friends of Jersey Neonatal Unit (JNU)
Membership Number: AJC395 / Registered Charity Number: 421
Friends of JNU raise funds to support the special care baby unit to assist them in providing the life saving support for Jersey families. Friends of JNU provides support to Jersey families with JNU babies with ongoing medical conditions and also support and financial assistance for the parents and family members. Friends of JNU is also involved in providing support for additional training and development for JNU and maternity staff. Alongside this, Friends of JNU are involved in new initiatives for research and educating new families with regards to pregnancy and post-natal care. Since March 2020 Friends of JNU took on the responsibility of providing Little Miracles boxes to JNU families.
Friends of JNU hold two annual events, a 5k walk and Its a Knockout which provides funding towards the above. In addition, Friends of JNU receives a number of donations from Jersey companies, families and individuals. Where possible Friends of JNU assists with businesses and individuals fundraising efforts. Friends of JNU is also involved in appeals with other charities to raise funds for specific purposes.
During the pandemic additional support for families in the JNU unit, such as masks and equipment for family members to ‘meet’ the babies electronically and hold the information to keep was provided. Mental Health training was organised in 2021 to take place in February 2022 with Mind Jersey for JNU nurses. In the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 Friends of JNU supported 16 families travelling during the course of the year for treatment for their babies in the United Kingdom. In the period 1 April 2021 to date Friends of JNU have supported 11 families travelling during the course of the year for treatment for their babies in the United Kingdom. We have worked closely with FN&HC in 2020-2021 providing electricity/food vouchers and medical equipment for families with discharged JNU babies requiring support in the home. With regard to the little miracles boxes that Friends of JNU now provides, Friends of JNU have prepared 200 boxes ready for the families admitted to JNU. Since Friends of JNU took on the responsibility of providing the Little Miracles boxes on 30 April 2020, Friends of JNU have delivered 123 little miracles boxes. Due to the Covid pandemic Friends of JNU have been unable to host the annual It’s a Knockout event, however it is back for 2022.
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