Baby Sean's Legacy for Demelza

20 July 2017

Baby Sean’s Legacy for Demelza


Newborn babies using Demelza’s hospice in Eltham, South East London are to benefit from brand new, state-of-the-art neonatal equipment, thanks to a generous donation from Sean’s House Hospice.

Representatives of Sean’s House, including founder Pamela Cabannes-Barrall, presented a cheque for £6,202 to nurses at Demelza South East London.  The funds have been used to buy specialist neonatal equipment including a modified bassinet with a heated mattress and neonatal scales.

Demelza Hospice Care for Children, a charity based in the south east of the UK with hospices based in both Eltham and Sittingbourne, has seen an increase in the number of premature and newborn babies needing their help in recent years.  Thanks to Sean’s House Demelza can now provide improved specialist care to neonatal babies and their families.

The donation from Sean’s House was able to provide:
• Specialist heated mattresses for bassinets
• Neonatal weighing scales
• Neonatal syringe drivers
• Supersoft bedding
• Memory making boxes including hand and footprint moulds.

Neonatal babies who arrive at Demelza South East London are allocated a highly trained nurse to look after them and their families for the duration of their stay. The Demelza team provide compassionate and expert care for seriously ill babies, children and young people and their families, and will make their stay as comfortable as possible, whether that stay is for ‘step down care’ when helping a family transition from hospital to home, or for specialist end of life care.

Fundraiser Nicola Irvine said: “This donation from Sean’s House means that we can give new born babies with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions the best possible care in an environment that feels more like home than a hospital, while still having the support of an experienced team of nursing practitioners”.

Grandmother of Sean and founder of Sean’s House, Pamela Cabannes-Barrall said “There is no foot so small that it cannot leave a footprint on the world, I started Sean’s House in my Grandson’s memory to relieve the suffering and distress the whole family faces when caring for a baby with a life limited or life threatening condition”.