‘Prem Party’ Helps Raise Funds for Busy Limerick Neonatal Unit

95-Stop Tour for Limerick Kids has raised over €500k for deserving causes

Neonatal Unit at UMHL has close to 700 admissions every year

 A REUNION with a difference has taken place at the Strand Hotel with a party for premature babies delivered across the road at University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL). Prem babies party UL image

The ‘Prem Party’ was part of Limerick Live 95FM’s annual 95-Stop Tour for Limerick Kids, a fundraising campaign that benefits the Neonatal Unit, the Children’s Ark at UHL and CARI. Now in its eighth year, the 95-Stop tour has to date raised in excess of €500,000 for deserving children’s causes in the MidWest.

On Friday 29th September, The Prem Party hosted babies and toddlers discharged from the Neonatal Unit in recent years for lots of family fun.

The Neonatal Unit at UMHL is one of a number of busy specialised units in the country, with close to 700 admissions every year. There are now approximately 4,500 births at UMHL annually and the hospital has among the best perinatal statistics in the country.

The Neonatal Unit at UMHL has 19 cots but often caters for more babies. It provides neonatal intensive care, high dependency and special care to premature and sick babies of the Mid-West, from 23 weeks of gestation upwards.

Speaking about The Prem Party and the support of Limerick’s Live 95FM listeners, Prof. Roy Philip, Consultant Neonatologist, said:

“Extremely premature babies often spend months in our Neonatal Unit and their parents get to know the staff and other families in similar circumstances so well by the time of discharge. This is a party for the children born prematurely and their families to have fun and to share their precious stories. It is a humbling experience and proud feeling for the nursing and medical staff to see the 600g babies born at 24 weeks now running around as mischievous toddlers! Kind donations from the generous people of Mid-West over the years truly made a difference to their care with the purchase of vital equipment and improvement of facilities”