Our neonatal families...........
"I just wanted to share a picture of our beautiful miracle with one of the milestone cards that came in your beautiful boxes.
"Hiya i had my daughter 5 weeks early and now shes 6 months old i loved your box you sent out and really helped me out, what a lovely thing you are doing and god bless Emily! So grateful and thankful for everything you and James Cook Hospital done for my baby here a photo from then and now thank you so much u doing amazing job xx"
"Hi, I am just messaging to say a HUGE thank you from myself, my partner Darren and our son Denny.
Thank you so much for my Emily's star box ! My daughter was in the neonatal unit at Milton Keynes hospital, she was full term but had inhaled meconium and was in an incubator for a week , I was so overwhelmed when I received the box and I found the bonding squares so useful and comforting thank you so much xx
For Milton Keynes hospital only we provide boxes for babies born at full term but poorly. These boxes contain everything a normal box does just no clothes
"I would just like to say a huge thank-you to your charity for the Emily's star box we received when our little girl was at the Milton Keynes NNU....
She was born weighing 5lb 8oz and had a lot of problems but I can't explain just how nice it was to receive the box with the lovely gifts inside for myself and my little girl one thing that got me most upset when she was born along side her health was that I didn't even have an item of clothing to fit her as she was so very tiny but thanks to your donation I was able to put her in one of your lovely pink outfits and I just can't explain how nice that was although it was something small it brought a little bit of normality back into our lives just being able to dress our baby as that was the only thing we we're able to-do, and although she was taken away from me at birth due to her health the minute I was able to dress her I felt the connection I thought I had lost but it was the first thing I could do for her! So thank you all again and we shall be attending the next meeting locally to help prepare these beautiful boxes for another family who may need them as much as we did💖"
Elora - April 2017
Hi. I had my little girl on 26/04/2017 who was born at 27 weeks & 5days gestation. She was a teeny tiny 2lb 4oz.
"I said thank you before but I want to say it again.
Thank you so much for the box I received in Luton & Dunstable NICU.
Absolutely overwhelmed when I walked over to my daughters incubator and saw a big beautiful white box waiting for me.
My little girl was born 30/03/2017 weighing only 724g. I couldn't wait to see her in clothes and not just oversized nappies & thanks to Emily's star box I only had to wait 4 weeks to finally see her dressed.
At 2.5lbs we finally got her into her first baby grow and she looked beautiful.
We use the hand knitted bonding squares everyday and have cuddles with her matching blanket. Thank you so much for the generous gift, lots of love mummy & Edie
Sophie - March 2017
Thank you so much for the Emily's Star Box we received for my son.
He was born on the 19th February 2017 at 27 weeks gestation.
We had been transferred to the John Radcliffe from Milton Keynes as an emergency the day before so I had nothing packed for him and only minimal items for me. ...
When I unwrapped the box (it was packaged so beautifully) the tiny 3lb clothes which at the time were still too big for my son made me cry.
What an amazing thing you do for so many families.
It's lovely when you're in such a scary situation the fact that someone has thought of you and put effort in to making such a difficult time that little bit easier as everything in the box is useful.
We got transferred back to Milton Keynes 11 days later where we stayed until yesterday as we finally got to bring our little boy home.
Thank you again, in times like these it's the little things that make the biggest difference x
Hannah - February 2017
2016 & before.....
I had my little Stanley on the 4th of March 2016, I had pre-eclampsia. He was born at 31 weeks and weighed 3lb 4oz so was rushed straight away to the neonatal unit.
hen we first received the Emily's star box, we both just couldn't believe that we were getting all this amazing stuff for free.
I showed every relative that came and saw me when I was in hospital and they all thought it was amazing...I had heard of Emily's star but didn't really know much about it if I'm honest. I remember seeing the tiny baby clothes a few weeks before and I remember thinking "oh I hope I never need to get them" but when they were in the Emily's star box I'd never been so grateful.
Stanley's first ever outfit was one of the beige vests in the box and I always remember it.
We used the cuddle diary to fill out times when I had been to visit him when I was still on the ward myself, it made me feel so much closer to him (even though he was only down the hall) and that cuddle diary is now in his memory box forever.
Two of my most favourite things in the Emily's star box were the comfort squares which I thought was such an amazing idea and again, made me feel closer to Stan and made me feel like we were bonding even when we were apart.
My other favourite thing was the mini toiletry kit for myself, being rushed to hospital suddenly and not having any sort of over night bag, it was an absolute GODSEND!!!
The whole box was just amazing and I can't thank you enough for providing it at such a worrying time when I couldn't even think straight, let alone remember to ask someone to bring me toiletries/tiny baby clothes! Stanley was in the unit for 5 weeks and 2 days and we finally took him home weighing 4lb 11oz. He is now 5 months old and doing amazing :) Jessica Green
Hi, My name is Kelly.
Early 2016 I gave birth to my 4th baby boy by emergency c-section! He was very poorly at first and ended up in NNU at Milton Keynes. Myself and my husband were petrified and I didn't have a clue what to do, everything We knew as parents and I knew as a mother went out of the window, after working on him for nearly 30 mins in the theatre the took him away! Barley stopping for me to see him, let alone touch him. The next 6 hrs were some of the scariest in my life as I still hadn't seen him (except a picture) all I could do is try to wake my legs up so I could get to him. When I finally got to him I was relived to be with him but horrified to see my poor baby lying there with so many tubes, cannulas and things stuck to him and in him.
We were told that he was going to be a big baby and at first he weighed a great amount at 6lb 1oz, he looked so small to us but like a monster compared to his roommates, he quickly lost the weight though and by the next day was 5lb 3oz. Seeing him even smaller was another shock, I couldn't help but cry!
That's when one of the amazing nurses came over and handed us a box!!! We opened our box and I cried a little more but had a smile, I saw clothes that would fit my boy, toiletries for him and me and so many other beautiful things. Thank you.
We're in ore of you and your strength, your doing amazing things and helping so many people in the name of your beautiful little angel. It's hard to explain how your box made me feel, it certainly made a huge difference to what we were going though and I can never thank you enough for that.
We're using his Emily's star box as his memory box, as that will be just as much of a fond and sacred memory as anything that's held in it. We could never thank you enough .....
Kelly Avery - 2016
When my waters broke at exactly 26 weeks I was taken from my hometown Milton Keynes via ambulance to Luton & Dunstable Hospital as they were able to care for babies from the earlier gestation. Our son arrived 4 days later weighing 2lbs2oz and whilst things were a bit overwhelming and fragile at times we grew to trust the doctors and nurses who cared for him there. Once Owen had become more stable after a few weeks we were then transferred via ambulance back to Milton Keynes Hospital. I remember sitting by his incubator in the new hospital, looking at all the new surroundings then one of the nurses came into the room with a blue box. In big writing it had "Emily's Star" written on the lid. I opened it up to find many treasures, clothes our baby boy could actually fit into, mini toilettres for the special day when we could "room in" , a journal to write in and most special of all a letter telling us all about Emily. I read it to Owen and was amazed by Emily's story, her family , her courage and the love and support we felt all from this little box. A box full of hope.
I just want too thank you for your charity as i had my little man at 33 weeks and was welcomed with an Emily's Star box .. it brought me comfort and was a beautiful gift ...
It really was a comfort you never realise what toiletries like shampoo and soap, toothbrush and paste mean too you untill you go through labour .
Our son Archie was born on 4th Nov 2013 at MK General, he was due Xmas eve so was 7weeks early. He weighed 5lbs 10 so a great weight but like most Prem babies he had his complications. The first 48 hours were extremely traumatic, I was barely mobile due to the emergency cesarean which had to be performed after having a placenta abruption.
We rushed to the hospital and had nothing prepared for baby or Myself and within 2 hours, Archie was out!
One comfort in the first 2 days was this amazing box that was handed to us in the Neo Natal unit, with all the bad news and worries we had to start with, it was so nice to feel like someone out there had thought about the little things that we didn't have with us but might need.
We just want to thank you for this amazing gift we recieved, it helped us very much during those first few days until we found our feet again.
Gemma Goodship - November 2013