A MOTHER who has worked tirelessly to raise funds for a new hospital unit for premature and sick babies has been named among the north’s ‘best mums’.
Louise Purcell, 44, has donated all her free time to the Countess of Chester Hospital’s Babygrow Appeal after her daughter Bea was born nine weeks early.
Weighing just 2lbs 13oz, the tot needed round-the-clock care by specialist doctors and nurses – and is now fit and healthy.
Louise, who lives in Chester and works as an events co-ordinator at Walker Smith Way Legal in the city, was nominated for BizMums ‘Charity Mum of the Year’.
She just missed out on the title, but was recognised along with five other women for the work she had done.
Louise said: “It was a complete surprise to hear I had been short-listed as I wasn’t aware my colleagues had nominated me.
“I’m really lucky to now have a healthy three-year-old daughter and I believe volunteering my time to help the Babygrow Appeal is a way of giving back to the unbelievably dedicated and specialist team at the Countess of Chester Hospital.”
The Babygrow Appeal aims to raise £3 million for a new neo-natal unit at the Countess.
Louise joined the hospital’s fundraising committee and now dedicates her spare time to the planning and management of fundraising events, such as the upcoming ‘Carols by Candlelight’ evening and a spring fashion show, which raised £2,000.
She said: “We are so close to achieving the fundraising target and it will be rewarding to finally see our efforts have a positive impact on future parents of premature babies.”
The awards ceremony was held at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre in Staffordshire.
HR manager at Walker Smith Way Legal, Tammy Hughes and facilities manager, Ann O’Donnell nominated Louise for the award.