/New nursery space on Neo-Natal Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital

New nursery space on Neo-Natal Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital

A NEW nursery has opened on Calderdale Royal Hospital’s Neo-Natal Unit named after a little boy who was cared for by staff there.

Jake Cross was guest of honour at the opening of the new room, which will provide a nursery space for families preparing to go home, after his parents raised thousands of pounds for the ward.

Andy and Becky Cross launched their fund raising after Jake spent three weeks on the unit in the summer of 2015.


Some of the money came after Andy and his pals did a sponsored cycle across Europe, covering 900k from Geneva to Barcelona in scorching temperatures.

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust’s League of Friends supporters also made a huge contribution.

The family raised more than £10,000 for a Vapotherm machine, which is a non-invasive respiratory support.

Andy said:  ”The public response to our fundraising was quite overwhelming and it’s great to see the positive impact that the Vapotherm machines have had for so many babies on special care.

“Wendy and her team have gone to extreme lengths to thank us for the fundraising and naming the nursery after our little Jake is a very proud moment for us.

“We know first-hand the difficulties that families and staff face daily on the neonatal unit but the changes that are being made are fantastic. The nursery room is such a unique concept and is a brilliant addition to an already exceptional department.

“The neonatal staff at Calderdale Royal are first class and we can’t thank them enough.”

Ward manager, Wendy Kilner, said: “We are so grateful. It has helped so many families and has revitalised the way we give respiratory care.

“The machine had already helped 90 babies in 600 days. This room is to thank them for all they have done.

“It was fitting to honour the family by naming the new room after Jake who received care on our ward. The room will help families preparing to go home.

“The room is designed like a nursery without any medical equipment and will be quiet, all to help the transition from ward to home.”