Team effort to raise funds for The Royal Oldham Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Billy Barrow donation to NICU
Team effort to raise funds for The Royal Oldham Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
21 February 2017

MEMBERS of the local community teamed together to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

With a series of events led by organiser Billy Barrow, the friends were inspired to put on their hiking boots, wear Christmas jumpers and even take to karaoke for the cause. 

Raising over £3,000, the main event was a National Three Peaks Challenge taken on by Mark Thompson and Ged Pilkington. With backing from support driver Barrie Howarth, Mark and Ged completed the 1050 mile trek, climbing Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Scotland’s Ben Nevis in just 23 hours.

Local businesses including Londis in High Crompton got behind the campaign by providing raffle prizes, whilst Newhey Lodge Sports Bar and the Black Horse Pub in Shaw housed events including a Christmas jumper party to raise additional funds.

The group’s generous donation will be used to enhance the care and facilities The Royal Oldham Hospital can offer to babies and their families.

The Trust’s charitable fundraising co-ordinator, Shelley Owen, and staff from the NICU including matron Lynn Bowe attended the group’s event at the Black Horse Pub to meet the team and accept their donation. Shelley said: “We are delighted to receive this generous donation for the Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust charity. It was a pleasure to meet the fundraisers at their event and hear more about the activities they organised over recent months. 

“A great deal of energy went into organising a host of fun events to raise funds for the charity, and the thoughtfulness of this group is truly heart warming. Their substantial donation will make a huge difference to babies and families on the NICU. On behalf of the Pennine Acute Trust may I thank all those who supported the team through sponsorship, helped to organise and attended events, and to all the local businesses who offered their backing.”

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit fully opened on 3 December 2012 as part of The Royal Oldham Hospital's new £44m Women and Children’s facilities. These included a purpose-built four storey building, new antenatal wards, labour delivery rooms, midwife-led birth centre, obstetric theatres, children's unit and paediatric theatre, as well as the brand new Level three Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The Royal Oldham Hospital is one of three specialist regional neonatal centres providing the highest level of intensive care to the smallest and most vulnerable babies. The NICU consists of 37 cots with nine intensive care, nine high dependency and 19 special care cots.

To donate to The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s charity please contact the fundraising office at or ring 0161 908 4497.  Donations can support individual wards or departments or go towards a specific charity appeal.