Postives after the despair of losing son at 15 months

The money is handed over to Addenbrookes

The money is handed over to Addenbrookes

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A family has donated £30,000 to a hospital to thank it for the care their son received before he died aged just 15 months.

Devastated by the loss of their child, the Reid family decided that out of their despair would come a positive outcome for other children being treated on the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Mani Reid was born 15 weeks prematurely at 11.11am on November 11, 2011 and spent the first three months of his life on a ventilator. Various life-saving operations followed, which included a 10-day stay in PICU in the summer of 2012 being treated for lung problems.

Mani eventually returned to the Reid’s home in White Horse Close, Hockliffe over the New Year, resulting in some precious time with family. But tragically, Mani caught swine flu in mid-January 2013, which did a great deal of damage to his already fragile lungs, and he passed away on February 11, 2013, unable to fight any more.

Mani’s parents, Stuart and Trishna Reid, set up a charity in his name, Mani’s Helping Hands, and since that time, with the support of family and friends, a host of fundraising activities have been held, including a family fun football tournament, a Hollywood meets Bollywood Ball and a Three Peaks Challenge.

As a result, a cheque for £30,000 was recently presented to staff from PICU to help fund a new oscillating ventilator, which will allow the nursing staff to ventilate children requiring significant levels of support at rapid rates but at much lower pressures, thereby reducing the potential of any long-term damage.

Stuart said: “We received such wonderful support and we therefore set out to try to raise as much money as possible to help other parents and those organisations that were responsible for helping Mani and supporting us as a family during what was a terrible time.”

Michelle Gray, head of community fundraising at Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) said, “We are so very grateful to Mani’s family for choosing to support the hospital in this way. With the winter months looming, which usually results in increased demand for the ventilators, having access to a new one will greatly benefit patients.”

> To find out more about Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust see www.act4addenbrookes.org.uk