A YOUNG Aberdeenshire woman has returned to thank staff at the neonatal unit where she spent the first three months of her life.
Samantha Chisholm weighed in at just over 2lbs and now, on her 21st birthday, has delivered her own appreciation for her care by raising £500.
Student Samantha, from the Tarves area, was so small when she was born three months prematurely that she was immediately taken to the special nursery at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.
When she was three years old, her father Donny, a Grampian Police inspector, organised a charity event which raised £1,200 for the neonatal unit.
Eighteen years on, his daughter followed in his footsteps by raising £500 for the ‘Friends of the Special Nursery’ through taking part in the Baker Hughes 10K. She joined Donny and her mother Angela in making a visit to the unit to hand the cheque over to Sister Susan Swinton
Samantha is studying law at Aberdeen University. She has just completed her third year and looking forward to spending her summer on work experience with Grampian Police’s legal services department.
The student said: “I was delighted to be able to visit the Special Nursery and see the young babies being cared for by the staff. I wanted to do something special for the unit and thought this was the perfect way to celebrate my 21st birthday.”
Donny said: “When Samantha was born, we were afraid that we would never get to see her 21st birthday so to be able to celebrate that with her, and see her give something back to the neonatal unit, is absolutely fantastic.
“I know she’s got a bright future ahead of her – and we have the neonatal unit to thank for making sure she had the best possible start in life.
“We are very proud of Samantha. Hopefully she can be an inspiration and offer hope to other mums and dads whose babies are in the Special Nursery.”