A grieving family has donated an incubator to Hull’s neonatal intensive care.

The family of Christopher Gill have raised £18,000 to pay for an incubator. Christopher tragically lost his life in 2009, he was aged 20.

Staff at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) will trial the new machine this week. The NICU is a region specialist centre which looks after babies born prematurely, or with health complications. They treat babies from all across Hull, East Yorkshire, and Northern Lincolnshire.

The new incubator at Hull NICU
The new incubator at the NICU will benefit many newboard in the future.

“Christopher would have been very proud of us”

Mr Gill, Christopher’s father, said:

This is very sophisticated equipment but it can also save lives. The more people you talk to in life, the more you hear stories about how they’ve had things happen to their babies or their grandchildren.

We wanted to do something to help and I think Christopher would have been very proud of us.

Christopher Gill who tragically lost his life in 2009
Christopher Gill tragically lost his life in 2009.

Sophisticated Machinery

The BabyLeo incubator has been specifically designed to run at a low operating noise level and low level lighting. This helps reduce the baby’s exposure to potentially harmful stimuli.

To help settle the baby the mother’s heartbeat and voice can be recorded. The height of the incubator can also be adjusted, so parents can sit as close as possible to the baby.

It also features a special mattress, which is synchronised to the heaters to ensure the temperature is just right.

A quick-release hood also means staff can have instant, 360 degree, access to the baby.

Hull NHS Staff with the new incubator

Community Support

Mr Gill, who lives in Keyingham, said that the family has embarked on a fundraising quest after Christopher’s girlfriend Roxy Richardson endured the death of her baby nephew.

He said:

That kick-started everything all off. We started with a zumbathon in Hessle and the landlord and staff at the Blue Bell in Keyingham have been absolutely outstanding in their support.

They have a harvest festival and auction every year which has raised a considerable sum and Darren, the landlord, had completed a Tough Mudder for the fund.

Sister Kate Lamming, nursing lead for the NICU, thanked Christopher’s family for their generosity. The equipment they donated will benefit countless newborns in the future.

She said:

The family wanted to provide something that was like a cuddle for the babies because that was something they’d never be able to give Christopher’s children.

We need advanced technology like this to ensure we are providing the very best treatment available.

But we wouldn’t be able to afford it without the generosity of families like Christopher’s relatives and friends and through donations to our charity and we are just so grateful for the support we receive from the public.

Our team already provides the highest standards of care but this incubator will enable us to improve that even further.