Christmas delight for Hull NICU families

Communications TeamNews

Hull Hospitals NeoFriends Group organises first ever Christmas party for families.

NeoFriends, a support group for parents and carers whose babies have been discharged from Hull’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), is hosting its first-ever Christmas party.

The party which is fully funded by NeoFriends will take place on Saturday, 9th December from 1pm to 3pm at the Victoria Dock Village Hall.

This festive event promises to bring warmth and joy to the families who have had to navigate the delicate journey of having newborns in intensive care during the year.

Sarah Sharp, Neonatal Nurse who leads NeoFriends expressed excitement about the upcoming event.

She said: “The NICU journey can be incredibly challenging, and the holiday season can amplify those challenges. This Christmas party is a wonderful opportunity for our NeoFriends families to take a break, connect, share experiences and have some fun during this season.

“We are thrilled to be part of this event, celebrating these beautiful babies and their families. We hope that this party will create lasting memories and bring a touch of joy to families who have shown incredible resilience.”

Jo Milns, Nursing Chaplain said: “The holiday season is a time of reflection and gratitude. Our NICU families have shown incredible strength and faith throughout their journey. This Christmas party is an opportunity to come together, not only in celebration but also in support. It is a reminder that, even amid challenges, a community is ready to offer support and understanding.”

The party will also be a celebration of the first year anniversary of the NeoFriends support group.

It will feature many holiday-themed activities, with a special visit from Santa who will be there in his grotto with his elfs. There’ll also be a bouncy castle, face paintings and Christmas crafts.

All families who have been in NICU during the year are invited to the party. To register, visit the NeoFriends page on trybooking.