Malmesbury League of Friends has donated £35,000 towards new incubators at Great Western Hospital in Swindon, its largest ever donation.

The hospital is currently running the appeal for its Special Care Baby Unit to purchase five new incubators.

To purchase the state-of-the-art incubators, they need to raise £175,000.

The new incubators will replace the existing 15-year-old machines and will respond to the changing and complex demands of these tiny patients from delivery.

Each incubator costs £35,000 and, at its recent meeting, MLOF decided, in effect, to purchase one machine.

Malmesbury League of Friends was the recent beneficiary of a substantial legacy from a former Malmesbury resident, which has enabled it to make the donation, the largest single sum it has made.

Chairman David Hide said: ”We were delighted to support this very important appeal.

"The new incubators will be a great benefit to those living in or near Malmesbury, for whom GWH is their main hospital.”

Catherine Newman, head of Brighter Futures who are running the appeal said: “ We are extremely grateful to MLOF for this very generous donation, which will take us very close to our target, which we are confident we will reach by Christmas.”

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