Margaret’s lasting legacy for Neonatal Critical Care Unit

26 Jan 2018

A Grandmother has left over £13,000 in her will for the Neonatal Critical Care Unit at The Royal London Hospital after her grandchildren received treatment there.

In 2008, twins Axel and Alva were born prematurely at 26 weeks. They were transferred for urgent medical care and when their Grandmother Margaret heard that it was The Royal London where they were being cared for, she said “Good. They will be in good hands at the Royal.”

The twins pulled through and began to grow stronger. Margaret was keen to learn as much as possible about the twins’ conditions so that she could understand and help however she could; through prayer, positivity and even financially. The family enlisted the help of specialists to help Alva learn to walk and talk, and Margaret helped with some of the costs involved.

Margaret’s son Jim says: “The images of mum playing with Axel and Alva are enduring ones which will stay for ever, made all the more poignant by their struggles and the part she played in their development.”

Sadly, Margaret passed away earlier this year, aged 97.

Margaret had spent time working in a busy doctor’s surgery and was the daughter of a doctor and a senior nurse, so she had a good appreciation for medicine and a lot of respect for medical professionals.

Her dying wish was to support her family as well as the hospital that helped Axel and Alva. She kindly left Barts Charity £13,195 which will be used where it is most needed – equipment to help more premature babies on the Neonatal Critical Care Unit get the same extraordinary care that her grandchildren did.

Thank you to Jim and his wife Anna for visiting the hospital with the twins to present the cheque and for sharing Margaret’s story. Her legacy will live on in the wonderful support she has given to the premature babies and staff on the unit. 

Pictured are Senior Nurse Deborah, Anna, Alva, Axel, Jim and Consultant Paediatrician Mike.  

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