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A boost for the Mother and Baby Unit!

A businessman from Carlton has donated £500 to one of the Trust's mental health units, which cared for his relative. 

Paul Green, 45, of Applegreen Promotions, donated the money to the Mother and Baby Unit at the Queen’s Medical Centre after they cared for his cousin, Karen Holmes, earlier this year.

Karen, 35, was admitted to the Mother and Baby Unit five days after giving birth to her daughter, Freya. The six-bed inpatient psychiatric unit, part of Nottinghamshire Healthcare, provides care to women who are suffering from severe perinatal mental illness.

“Being admitted to the unit was frightening" recalls Karen. "But all the staff were incredibly supportive. They really went above and beyond to help Freya and I. They were just fantastic.”

Paul added: “Before Karen was admitted, we didn’t know anything about her condition or the unit. As a family, we were all really worried. But the staff and volunteers were all wonderful.

“We saw, first-hand, what a necessity the unit is. We wanted to show our appreciation for the care Karen and Freya received during their stay. A big thank you to everyone at the unit!”

The Mother and Baby Unit will move to a new building in spring 2018, housed within the Trust’s new £21million mental health services hub for children, young people and families. The number of beds will increase from six to eight and the unit will have its own dedicated garden area to help aid the patients’ recovery.

Paul’s donation will go towards providing new equipment, including gardening equipment for the new unit, as well as specialist training and resources for staff and volunteers. 

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