Penwortham boy raises money for the neonatal unit that cared for him

Theodore, mum Charley, Sue Swire, fundraiser for the Baby Beat community and events, and sister Katie Noble.

A young boy from Penwortham raised £250 for the neonatal unit which cared for him and his family.


Four-year-old Theodore Naylor-Thomas was born prematurely and was cared for by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit team at Royal Preston Hospital.

Theodore spent two days baking and decorating cakes which he sold on nearby streets in exchange for a donation to Baby Beat.

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In total, he raised £250 to help the cause continue to support their life-changing projects for local families!

Theodore weighed 3 pounds 7 ounces at birth and was cared for by unit staff, including older sister Katie Noble, who is now so close to Theodore and his mothers Ruth and Charley that she is called Aunt Katie.

The family have been supporting Baby Beat – the Lancashire University Hospitals maternity charity, which raises money for projects to benefit babies, mums and mums-to-be in the area – since the wonderful care the family have received after his birth.

Now that Theodore is four, Charley and Ruth have let him choose his next fundraising activity – and as a young cake-crazed kid who wants to be Santa Claus when he grows up, it was inevitable that delivering handmade cakes to friends and family around her local neighborhood, dressed in a Santa Claus outfit, would be the first choice!

Charley said: “The team was amazing and quickly felt like family.

“There’s no feeling that will ever compare to not being able to hold your newborn as often as you want, or watching them fight battles you wish they didn’t have to, but when you have the support and love of an amazing team that goes unrecognized most of the time, you feel like you can accomplish anything.

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