|High Sheriff visits the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit|
|Written by Communications Team|
The High Sheriff of Surrey 2012-13, Mrs Karin Sehmer, recently presented special wooden memory boxes made by young offenders, to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Peter’s Hospital in Chertsey.
The High Sheriff was accompanied by Ellie Paterson from the Surrey Youth Support Service, on behalf of the young people. The memory boxes are for bereaved parents to keep precious mementos of the premature babies they have lost.
Ellie Paterson, Mrs Karin Sehmer and Sister Lynn Parker
Receiving the boxes, Family Support Sister Lynn Parker said: “We believe that caring for grieving families is crucial and at such a devastating time, parents appreciate these beautiful boxes where they can safely keep all the treasured items that belonged to their baby. We are so grateful to the young people for the care they have taken in making these lovely boxes.”
The High Sheriff also praised the young offenders. She said: “These young people are making amends for their previous actions by giving something back to society. They can be justly proud of their good work and the compassion they have shown in producing these very special boxes.”
The Surrey Youth Support Service Reparation Team work with young people that have committed an offence, providing opportunities for them to make amends either directly to their victims, or to get involved in projects which help the wider community. This memory box project at St Peter’s Neonatal Unit is sponsored by P&G (Procter & Gamble UK) as part of the P&G Community Matters programme, which aims to help the local community, with particular focus on projects that benefit children. P&G also supports the High Sheriff Youth Awards, a flagship scheme in each High Sheriff’s year.
Janette Butler, P&G’s Community Matters Manager, said: “P&G are delighted to support the excellent training for the young people, which is delivered via the Surrey Youth Support Service Reparation Team. Their work is simply outstanding and truly a special gift at such a sad time for bereaved parents.”
Mrs Sehmer also visited the hospital’s children’s wards to see wooden toys, also made by young offenders, for patients to play with during their stay in hospital.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 26 July 2012 15:12|