Published on: 2 March 2021

A charity set up by the family business of the parents of a baby girl born prematurely at ELHT have made a donation as a thank you to staff who provided exemplary care.

Christina and Jack Lamb are part of the Lamb family behind Blackburn Chemicals Ltd and The George Lamb Charitable Trust, who have donated £15,000 to the Trust’s charity ELHT&Me.

In a letter to the hospital, Christina and Jack described how Sophia was born at Burnley General Teaching Hospital six weeks prematurely, just after the first lockdown was announced in 2020.

They commended the hard work and dedication of the team at Lancashire Women’s and Newborn Centre, where Sophia was cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) until she was well enough to go home. They have shared how their daughter Sophia is progressing well.

The letter explained: “Whilst the week following Sophia’s birth was difficult for us to comprehend, every step was explained to us by the doctors and nurses and any questions we had were answered. We cannot thank them enough for their efforts. The immediate aftercare received from the midwife team was exemplary. We felt comfortable that our concerns were understood at a time we had not prepared for.”

Kevin McGee, Chief Executive of ELHT, said he was delighted to receive the letter and particularly to hear of Sophia’s progress.

He added: “It is always lovely to hear how our staff are making a real difference to people’s lives and, indeed, how our care and treatment creates positive outcomes for our patients.

“I have shared the letter with colleagues in the NICU team at Burnley General Teaching Hospital, and the wider staff at ELHT, to ensure they are recognised for their hard work and compassionate care. Safe, effective and personal are our watchwords and it is clear this team has demonstrated them all as part of the care provided to this family.

“I was delighted to hear Sophia has made such amazing progress and I am sure her recovery is also in no small way down to the love and care provided by her parents in nurturing her too. Sophia sounds like a real character and I am sure she will continue to bring you much joy in the years to come.”

Kevin added that all donations to ELHT&ME are both welcome and incredibly useful. “I want to encourage local people to donate to the hospital charity which does amazing things for patients and staff.

“I also want to provide assurance that it funds are always spent on things that make a real difference across our hospitals. This could be on new clinical equipment or developments designed to make life easier for our patients and their families whilst in hospital or – as has been the case this year – providing goods and experiences for our staff who have delivered such a monumental effort as part of our response to COVID-19.”

If you’d like to support ELHT&Me by making a donation, you can contact the Fundraising Team on 01254 732140 or email

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