Parents of premature twins vow to raise cash for ‘brilliant’ neonatal unit

Kye and Klay with Kelly
Kye and Klay with Kelly

A couple are organising an event to raise money for the neonatal intensive care unit at Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

Kelly and Michael Mapp, of Turners Road South, are hoping to raise thousands for the units in thanks for everything they did for them and their twin sons, who were born nine weeks premature.

Mrs Mapp’s waters broke a week before Christmas and she stayed in the hospital until New Year’s Eve.

She said: “The staff worked tirelessly to make sure I received the best treatment, it was difficult being away from my older children but I know they were being strict for the sake of the twins, I was only 23 weeks.

“The nurses were brilliant, they could not help me enough.”

She gave birth to Kie, weighing 2lb 13oz, and Klay, weighing 3lb 6oz, on Saturday, February 13. Kie was in intensive care for a week after he was born and Klay was in there for a few days.

Mrs Mapp told the Luton News: “They were both in incubators in the NICU, the nurses are so caring and could not do enough for all the mums and babies. Without the great work by the nurses and doctors on those two units, we may have lost one or both our sons. We cannot thank them enough for what they have done for us.”

The fundraiser on Saturday, April 2, there will be a golf day at Stockwood Park and an evening event at St Margaret’s Club from 7pm.

Mr Mapp said: “We have received so much support from people and local businesses wanting to help and donate prizes, we would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the event.”

Tickets for the evening are £5. To make a donation, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TheMapptwinsNCIU