Hugo's Legacy is helping other babies

For Hugo’s funeral we asked for floral tributes from close family only, with donations to our chosen charities: First Touch and Ronald McDonald House Tooting, from everyone else.

Flowers are always beautiful, but of course they have a limited life. Donations of money, in contrast, have the potential to help many other families, just as we had been helped by these wonderful charities during Hugo’s life.

Hugo

Hugo

We were astounded by the generosity of our friends and family, raising £1000 which was split equally between the two causes.

Having the obsession common to many bereaved parents to make sure Hugo is never forgotten we ideally wanted the money donated to First Touch (the charity for the sick and premature babies at St George’s Hospital, where Hugo spent his life) to buy a piece of equipment, something tangible that we could say is Hugo’s.

At first, we thought the money wasn’t enough to buy a piece of equipment outright, so we were  going to put the money towards the refurbishment of the quiet room; we had spent a lot of time in there during the worst times, and it is in dire need of a bit of TLC!

We then received the news that Hugo’s money could buy an oximeter outright. An oximeter is a non-invasive way of measuring oxygen levels in the blood – one of the many vital observations sick and premature babies regularly need to monitor their progress. If you have had a sick or premature baby in hospital, or been an inpatient in hospital yourself you will appreciate how many observations and interventions the patient has over the course of a day, so anything that makes the process easier is invaluable.

'Hugo's' oximeter. As one of the lovely First Touch ladies observed, it is small but like Hugo, very important!

‘Hugo’s’ oximeter.
As one of the lovely First Touch ladies observed, it is small but like Hugo, very important!

First Touch asked us what wording we would like on the plaque that was going to be placed on the oximeter. We asked that the nickname given to Hugo by his nurses – ‘The Boss’ – be added to reflect how much this tiny boy meant to everyone. ‘Bright in Mind and Spirit’ is what Hugo’s name means, and my feisty baby he really lived up to it, so that was added too.

The charity was kind enough to send some photos of the oximeter and plaque so I could share them with everyone so you know what your generous donations have bought, and how it is helping other babies like Hugo.

The plaque on the reverse of the oximeter

The plaque on the reverse of the oximeter

Hugo’s daddy and I are so proud that other babies are being helped in our little boy’s name.

It is also a way of showing how everyone’s support helps First Touch help sick and premature babies and their families. If you are looking for a good cause to support in 2015, please do consider First Touch. While the unit is based at St George’s Hospital, south London, they look after babies from all over the country like my Hugo, as well as little ones from the local area.

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  1. benwirral
    November 24, 2014 at 7:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I love the fact that the plaque is on the oximeter, it makes a difference for the health professionals using it as much as for the babies being monitored by it – fab!

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    • Leigh Kendall
      November 25, 2014 at 9:37 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Ben, I love that too – they will be reminded of Hugo every time they use it xxx

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  2. jasmineshei
    November 24, 2014 at 6:21 am (2 years ago)

    That is so thoughtful way of making a legacy for Hugo. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Leigh Kendall
      November 25, 2014 at 10:06 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much for reading! xxx

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  3. Louise
    November 23, 2014 at 11:14 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so glad that the donations were able to go towards something that is tangibly ‘Hugo’s’ – a lovely inscription on the back and how lovely of the charity to send you photos x

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    • Leigh Kendall
      November 24, 2014 at 9:09 am (2 years ago)

      It really is lovely, Louise – I’m pleased there is an enduring memorial to Hugo in the unit that did so much for him xxx

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  4. mummyshambles
    November 22, 2014 at 4:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Such a wonderful tribute to your little man. You are doing such a wonderful thing in helping others. xx

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    • Leigh Kendall
      November 23, 2014 at 10:17 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you, I love that Hugo’s name will be seen by staff so often, it helps keep his memory alive xx

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  5. Tara
    November 22, 2014 at 2:29 pm (2 years ago)

    That’s a lovely inscription. I’m pleased they were able to send you photos too.

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    • Leigh Kendall
      November 22, 2014 at 4:10 pm (2 years ago)

      Me too, thanks Tara, it is lovely to see what Hugo’s money has bought xxx

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  6. Kim Carberry
    November 22, 2014 at 2:09 pm (2 years ago)

    Aww! That is fantastic! Such a lovely memorial! x

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    • Leigh Kendall
      November 22, 2014 at 4:10 pm (2 years ago)

      It is a lovely tribute to Hugo, thank you for commenting xxx

      Reply

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