PARENTS of a child who was cared for in Airedale Hospital’s neonatal unit have raised money for the cause to celebrate her first birthday.

Little Katelyn Wright was delivered prematurely by caesarean section and spent about a month in the unit, including five days in intensive care.

Her mum, Clare, said: “The team that looked after her and us through a scary, emotional and challenging time was wonderful.

“Kate is now thriving and we wanted to do something special to say thank you.”

Clare and husband Dave – who himself was treated at Airedale Hospital as a child – requested donations in lieu of presents and organised fundraising attractions including a tombola, pluck-a-duck, a bouncy castle, soft play area, candy floss, popcorn, a photo booth, face painting and a raffle.

Just over £1,294 was raised by the couple.

Jo Newman, matron for children’s services at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are so grateful for the Wright’s generous donation. It’s a great to hear the family and guests had such a good day.

“The donation will help us to purchase a portable photo-therapy lamp to treat babies with jaundice. This lets babies stay closer to their mum on the ward.”