Reg’s Café, owned and operated by King’s Sutton residents Reg and Alison Howe, is one of six firms that have rallied round to help the family of four-month old Penny Grace Morgan in their bid to raise £10,000 for the hospital that saved her life. (In fact, the family have now surpassed that target to reach over £11,000!)
Adderbury resident Kelly Sharman was 20 weeks into her pregnancy when Penny was diagnosed with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA). Kelly was advised that her daughter would need open heart surgery soon after birth to save her life. Penny was born four weeks early and underwent two lifesaving procedures at Southampton General Hospital, after which she had open heart surgery at just eight days old.
The Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Southampton not only saved Penny’s life, but the unit’s nurses and doctors gave the whole family hugely important support throughout the ordeal, often coming in on their days off to check on progress for both mother and daughter. So overwhelmed were they by the help they received at Southampton General that 26 friends and members of Penny’s family (including brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents) decided to take part in September’s British Heart Foundation Charity Run at Blenheim Palace to raise funds for the refurbishment of the hospital’s PICU Family Room – a free “home away from home” for families of children in intensive care.
Their efforts have been rewarded with over £11,000 already raised. Anyone wishing to help the family raise even more funding for the hospital can make a donation on their Just Giving page.
Reg’s Café co-owner Reg Howe comments:
“Kelly and her husband Matthew are regular customers of ours, so we’ve had the privilege of seeing how Penny has flourished as a result of her life-saving surgery. When we heard they were raising money for the unit that played such a vital role in their journey, we wanted to do all we could to help. We are so proud of all they have achieved and wish Penny a lifetime of health and happiness.”
* The other five companies are: CS Wealth Consultancy, Hawkins Group, Hayfield Homes, Indtech and Morgan Transport.