A donation of six computers to charity SSNAP – means vital funds can now be re-deployed to help sick and premature babies in the Thames Valley area.

The Oxford-based charity SSNAP (Support for the Sick Newborn And their Parents) needed desperate investment in its IT system to manage its growing team of parent helpers and family support workers with the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital

It would mean diverting vital funds to pay for the new computers, but a donation of three Dell computers and monitors and three laptops from NT CADCAM, means the money can now be used to continue its work in neo natal care.

NT CADCAM’s operations director Chris Horn, who is also a volunteer director at the charity says, SSNAP is a very small charity with a very broad remit. I know what it is like to have a newborn child in intensive care and I know that worry and concern. My twin daughters were born three-and-a-half weeks early and although we didn’t require SSNAP’s services directly, we could see at first hand the emotional and practical support SSNAP offers parents as well as funding additional life-saving medical equipment for the unit

Fortunately working in the computer industry means we could help SSNAP out with some much-needed equipment for themselves

SSNAP manager Julie Da Silva Moore says the money saved can now be used to finance the charity’s core objectives including funding life-saving medical equipment such as incubator pods; providing essential items such as breast feeding pumps and nursing chairs; funding nurse training days and operating a Family Support team which offers accommodation and transport assistance schemes for parents living far away.

We have taken on new staff and these computers will help us manage our growing database of parent volunteers, while the laptops mean we can now give presentations to community groups and recruit new helpers says Julie. The newborn intensive care unit, which is extending its capacity of 48 cots to 53 by the end of the year, is a centre of excellence for neo natal care and takes in babies from all over the Thames Valley area including London and Northampton. It means the unit is constantly in use and thanks to medical advances we can now help babies born at 24 weeks, something that was previously unheard of

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