Booktrust donates books to neonatal units

Booktrust donates books to neonatal units

Booktrust has donated books to neonatal units in hospitals so parents can read to premature and ill babies.
 
The charity, which gave 1,565 books to 59 neonatal units across the country in June, said reading to a baby can help strengthen the bond between parent and child, especially when some babies in hospital can’t always be held or cuddled.
 
Booktrust chief executive Viv Bird said: “We are delighted that through our gift of children’s books we have helped parents strengthen their bond with their baby while going through a difficult and stressful time. Books can make a big difference to people’s lives, and sharing books is a good way for families to take time out and relax.”
 
The book donated to hospitals was Super Duck by Jez Alborough (HarperCollins Children’s), the same title Booktrust donated to foodbanks.
 
One mother, Kaleye Clifton, read the book to her premature son Archie in Saint Mary’s newborn intensive care unit (NICU) in Manchester. “On the ward with all the different equipment, monitors and people I worry that Archie won’t recognise my voice so I talk and read to him all the time,” she said.
 
Another mum, Catherine Hamilton, said reading the book to her son in St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, was a “familiar comfort”.