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Mum raises thousands for hospital's neonatal unit

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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THOUSANDS of pounds have been pledged to Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital's neonatal unit thanks to an East Devon mum whose baby died hours after being born.

Niki Cunningham, 29, from Budleigh Salterton, founded the Harry Cunningham Trust – named after her baby who died in June – to raise funds primarily for the unit.

In just five months, Niki raised £3,000 which was pledged to hospital doctors at a fundraising ball held at the Beacon Hotel in Exmouth. All 100 tickets were sold for the occasion and about 70 businesses donated prizes for the raffle and auction which raised a further £3,000.

Niki, said: "It was a wonderful evening, everyone had a really nice time.

"The doctors who received the cheque were delighted, I don't think they expected us to raise so much in just a few months."

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  • NikiC83  |  November 15 2012, 12:46PM

    Just to correct these figures: £6,000 was donated to NNU from prior fundraising. £3,000 was raised at the Ball and will be donated at a later date.

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