Neonatal charity appeals for votes in film award

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 October 2019

Representatives from The NICU Foundation and The South West Neonatal Network.

Representatives from The NICU Foundation and The South West Neonatal Network.


A charity which raises funds for neonatal units is appealing for your votes to help it win an award.

The NICU Foundation, which was set up by Charley Maher from Failand, has entered its film into The Charity Film Awards.

The film, A Stay in Neonatal Care, was created to support new parents whose babies have been admitted to neonatal intensive care units.

More: Animation to help parents in neonatal intensive care units.

Its aim is to alleviate fears parents may have by introducing them to the unfamiliar environment and equipment used in the unit and offering advice on the facilities and support available to them.

The charity is appealing for its supporters to vote for them to win the award, in the hope it will raise awareness and more funds for the cause.

Chairman of trustees Charley Maher said: "These awards are a fantastic opportunity to not only raise awareness of our growing charity and increase support towards much needed fundraising, but to also help reach those people who may have previously or are currently experiencing time within a neonatal unit.

"The funds raised by our fantastic supporters enabled us to create this short animation and since launching, we have received so much lovely feedback and people organising fundraising events to help support the creation of a second."

The film, which was created in partnership with The South West Neonatal Network, was launched in April and is used by neonatal units across the country as an introduction for parents.

Charley added: "It's not only babies that need care, parents also need help and support to understand the important role they can play in the child's development in the first few weeks and how to balance this with the busy lives we lead."

More: Mum sets up new support charity for premature babies.

Charley set up The NICU Foundation with her husband Lee Maher in 2014 following the birth of their son Harrison when he was just 29 weeks old.

Charley was inspired by the care she received throughout her stay at various neonatal units and has since raised thousands of pounds for various equipment and staff training.

Voting for the awards opens today (Friday) at 5pm.

To vote for The NICU Foundation, visit

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