Our neonatal families...........
“Thought the box was a wonderful idea - what a legacy for Emily!
The knitted items are beautiful, the bonding squares are amazing & something you would never think of yourself”
Feedback received from George Elliot Hospital - October 2018
“Thank you so much for this box it was a lovely gift & Isabella will love all that is in it, this box is a very thoughtful gift”
Feedback received today from Southend University Hospital - October 2018
“Just a quick message to say a huge thank you for the wonderful box we received when our gorgeous Phoebe was born at 35 weeks weighing 4lb.
We were blown away by the generosity and care that went into the box and it made a tough time in neonatal much easier.
Thank you for all that you do and every good wish for the future” Vicki
This is Theo, he was born at 29+6 after his waters went 60 hours earlier. Both he and his mummy developed nasty infections and he was delivered by emergency c-section. He weighed a tiny 2lb 6oz, and here he is at 11 days old in his vest from one of your 3lb mini gift bags.to edit.
Thank you Katie and team, for all you do in memory of Emily ⭐
Hello, I just wanted to say a massive thank you! Me and my daughter Dottie received a neonatal box this evening and it truly is amazing, it made me tear up!
I just wanted to say thank you for the amazing job you do with making the boxes for the neonatal unit. We had our baby, Noah, 5 weeks ago, he was born 7 weeks early.
We had absolutely nothing to fit him, and your box was an absolute god send and completely unexpected.
You really have thought of everything, the clothes for baby are gorgeous, and the little touches like the toiletries for mum and chocolate for dad are lovely.
I will definitely be making a donation for a box to help another family 😀
Mummy to Noah - June 2018
Hello, my daughter Bella was born at 28 weeks on he 6th february 2017 weighing 2lb 14oz. The boxes you donate are so so lovely and helpful. They include everything you need to start the scary Nicu journey! Bella is now 16 months and I still can't believe how tiny she was when she was born. I have kept her first vest she wore and framed it along with her other keepsakes 😊. Thank you again I really appreciated it! 😊x”
Stacey - May 2018
I just want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you so much! I received one of the boxes you’ve put together for the neonatal unit that my little girl is in and we’ve just opened it and it’s absolutely overwhelming.
Yes she’s doing really well so far thank you. Early days but all positive so far. She was born at 29 weeks weighing 1lb 13oz and has put 3oz on in her first week taking her upto 2lb so she’s doing well.
Out of intensive care now and onto high dependency.
We can’t thank you enough. It’s put a smile on our faces.
Laura - May 2018
Thank you so much for everything you do. Our grandaughter Amelia Mae was born 7 weeks early on 21st March weighing 3lb 2oz at Lister and received one of your amazing boxes, we are so grateful for everything that was in it. She is now a healthy 8 week old and weighing in at 6lb 1oz. Thank you Emily's Star 💕
We received one of your boxes in May 2017 at Bedford Hospital when our daughter Mollie was born 7 weeks prematurely. Everything in the box was so thoughtful and helpful. The bonding squares were so special as the amount of time I could hold Mollie was very limited. We were so surprised and touched by the box, it made a difficult time that bit easier. I’ve attached a picture of Mollie when she was born with the bonding squares and a recent picture of her.
We think the work you do in your daughters memory is wonderful and very inspiring. We are looking forward to the fun run and raising money to help Emily’s Star.
Sarah - May 2018
Nicole - April 2018
Received a box today from your amazing charity.
I have just received a premature baby box from the neo natel at james cook hospital, I was so taken back, my first thought to my husband was I didn't want to take one, as I felt like I was taking it away from someone who needs it, but then I stepped back from my babies cot, and realised we are the type of family you aim at.
Seth is now 3 weeks old, but he is typically only 27 weeks, he was born at 24+2 gestation, weighting just 1lb 9oz, he is doing absolutely fantastic he is on steroids to help his lung development so fingers crossed he'll be of the venterlater in the next week, and his weight has shot up to 2lb 1 Oz,
I secretly hope he hope he is too big to fit in your tiny baby grows I have got in his box, and he becomes a little sumo, but he's definitely to small for then now, and he can't have clothes on intensive care, but can't wait to dress Him in the clouds baby grows, and the little Cardigan is just to cute.
honestly you have thought of everything in the box and it's such a amazing charity, thank you for Brightening up my day, honestly what you have done is a amazing, i have tried to thank the nurses doctors and midwives at the hospital with chocolates and biscuits but nothing comes close to how much I own them for saving my " little foot" he is getting bigger and stronger everyday and that's down to all of them, but now I have seen your charity I can help this way and help others who are going through the same thing,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, ❤❤❤”
Lindsey - April 2018
My little solider was born 3rd January 2018 at 32 weeks. I loved the box that I received as I hadn't even thought about maybe my little one coming early so I didn't have a thing at all for his weight which was 3lb 4oz. Thank you so much for all you do. It really is amazing and appreciated. Xx
What you do is absolutely amazing. I couldn’t help but cry when I received mine. The effort that goes into the boxes is wonderful. I am so grateful for mine and was so excited when I was told I could put my baby in clothes. There was no panic or worry that I didn’t have anything to fit her so thank you 😘
Our beautiful Jack was born on 15/11/17 at 27+2 days.
We've already experience a roller coaster of emotions over the past 9 days, but my husband and I were so touched upon receiving our super box from Emily's Star. Thank you so much for such a kind and touching gift - we had never heard of the charity prior to Jacks birth but will certainly be supporting you in the future.
Many thanks for bringing a smile to our faces at such a difficult times.”
Phill and Nikki - November 2017
Hi .... on the 1st November I have birth to Harry and Isabelle 9 weeks early....
I have struggled so much to find clothes to for the twins especially our little Harry as he is just 2lb 7oz....
I was introduced to Emily's star and given your amazing boxes for each of them...
Me and my husband would just like to thank you for the boxes and the thought that has gone into them....
The clothes are definitely going to be out to use....
Thank you again
Emma - November 2017
On March 31st this year, our little girl Nyx was born at 30+3 weeks weighing just 2lbs 14oz at Stoke Mandeville hospital, Aylesbury.
We were taken delivery of our son last Wednesday and he is currently in NICU at Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
This box was a god send when my son came out at 34 weeks weighing 4lb 3.
Thanks to you my son had some clothes that fitted until I was able to get him some”
Received at Bedford hospital 17th September 2017
Well it's been a whole year today since we received our Emily's Star box full of things for me and my little man at the John Radcliffe NICU 💙 although he was no where near big enough to fit these clothes we still was so grateful we had clothes small enough when he was ready! On the left is my 1lb 6oz 27 weeker when he finally fit his vest at 3 months old and this is him on the right today...13 months old and weighs 16lbs 14oz 😊 thank you Emily's Star...you really are a star 🌟
Just to say a huge thank you for our 5lb girl box given to us today for our daughter who is currently in the L&D NICU.
I just wanted to message you because my son was born 11 weeks early and I was given one of your boxes for us, thank you so much the clothes, the knitted clothes everything honestly it's made me well up even writing this you help so many people you really do, thank you again. Xxxx"
"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