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Caterpillar Music Appleton's prematuriTEA party!

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From 12th-16th November Caterpillar Music Appleton have been be raising funds for Warrington Hospital’s Neonatal Unit in celebration of “World Prematurity Day” on 17th November. Jan has been encouraging her Caterpillars to bring along their favourite teddy bears for a tea party to raise money for the Neonatal Unit as a thank you for all they did for Beth who has attended Caterpillar Music with her big brother since she was well enough to leave hospital. In 2016, one of Jan's Caterpillar Mums gave birth to her daughter, Beth, at 27 weeks, weighing just 2lb 12. Beth was born in St Mary’s in Manchester, but after 2 weeks was transferred to her local hospital Warrington, where she spent another 10 weeks. She has suffered lots of complications and had to come home on oxygen for 6 months. Jan says: "Beth loves Caterpillar Music and on a personal note, I have been very privileged to be a part of Beth’s journey. Her family are incredibly grateful to both hospitals for all they did for Beth." As well as raising funds, it’s a great excuse to raise awareness so here are some facts: • Around the world, 15 million babies are born prematurely every year and one million of these sadly don’t survive. Globally, prematurity is the leading cause of death in children under five. • In the UK, around 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year, approximately 1 in every 13 babies born in the UK. • Every year, over 95,000 babies are cared for in neonatal units in the UK, equating to about 1 in 8 babies born in the UK.

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