£1000 to say thank you to hospital

3112006  Ashlea Spears with daughters Karlea (6 months), Kaysea (2), Kelsea (5) with Senior Charge Nurse Joyce McFarlane - the Spears family raised �1000 to go to the Special Baby Unit and Children's Ward at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy

3112006 Ashlea Spears with daughters Karlea (6 months), Kaysea (2), Kelsea (5) with Senior Charge Nurse Joyce McFarlane - the Spears family raised �1000 to go to the Special Baby Unit and Children's Ward at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy

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A KIRKCALDY family have given services at Victoria Hospital a £1000 cash injection ... to say thank you.

Ashlea (23) and Andrew Spears (26) have been fundraising to generously donate £500 to the Special Baby Care Unit and £500 to the Children’s Ward.

The couple told The Press they wanted to give something back after the care the staff gave their two children.

Ashlea and Andrew credit the quick-thinking staff for recognising the signs of meningococcal septicaemia in their daughter Kaysea (2) last year, and for caring for their baby, Karlea, who was born nine weeks premature and is now a thriving six-month-old.

Concussion

Ashlea said: “In May last year Kaysea banged her head and because she was very sick afterwards we thought she had concussion.

‘‘We took her to hospital but they didn’t think it was anything to worry about. The next day spots appeared on her stomach and we took her to Forth Park and they noticed the spots straight away and recognised it was meningococcal septicaemia.

“She was transferred to the Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh and was there for two days before coming back to Forth Park - she is still getting tests now to make sure she is okay.

“Karlea was born nine weeks premature and the staff took great care of her. We just wanted to do some fundraising so we could give something back.”

Sponsored walk

Ashlea and her family did the sponsored walk across the Forth Road Bridge on June 30.

They were able to raise all the money through sponsorship from the walk.

And the Spears aren’t stopping there - this Saturday they are holding a fundraising race night in Gallaghers pub in Kirkcaldy from 7.00 p.m. to collect even more funding for the hospital.

Entry is £8. Joyce McFarlane, senior charge nurse, thanked the Spears family for their generous donation and told them the money will go towards furnishing the two family rooms in the Special Baby Care Unit.

She added that some of the funding will also buy breast pumps to lend new mums.