IncuBabies, a group of volunteers based in Wirral, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. It is considered to be the MBE for voluntary groups.
IncuBabies was set up to fundraise for a new extension of the neonatal unit at Arrowe Park Hospital to support neonatal provision and the families in Wirral, Cheshire, Merseyside and beyond. They are now also actively supporting research called the ASPIRE study, which is for neonates and full-term poorly babies with regards to nutrition and digestion, potentially causing fatal infections.
So far the charity has had amazing support from all areas of the community through fundraising and grants including the Co-Op, Santander, St James Place, Boodles, Thornton Hall Hotel, Hallmark Jewellers, Kallkwik Printers and many more small businesses and individuals.
IncuBabies is one of only 241 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year throughout the UK.
Sheila Clarke MBE, Chair of IncuBabies said, “IncuBabies is an entirely voluntary charity and it is only due to the enthusiasm, compassion and dedication of many people giving freely of their own time that this outcome has been possible.
“We are absolutely delighted to have won this award and to be recognised amongst such incredibly fantastic charities throughout the country. It is an honour and privilege to receive this award and we dedicate it to all our volunteers and families connected to IncuBabies and thank them for their hard work and commitment. Here’s to the future!”