Four-year-old Theodore bakes up a storm for premature babies

Penwortham four-year-old Theodore Naylor-Thomas was born prematurely – and has now raised a wonderful £250 in support of other local premature babies!

Theodore weighed just 3lb 7oz when he was born, and was looked after by staff on the neonatal intensive care unit at Royal Preston Hospital, including Senior Sister Katie Noble (pictured) who is now so close to Theodore and his mums Ruth and Charley that she’s referred to as Auntie Katie.

Charley, Ruth and Theodore have supported Baby Beat – Lancashire Teaching Hospitals’ maternity charity, which raises funds for projects for the benefit of local babies, mums, and mums-to-be – since the wonderful care that the family received following his birth. Now that Theodore is four, Charley and Ruth let him choose his next fundraising activity himself – and as a cake-mad youngster who wants to be Father Christmas when he grows up, it was inevitable that delivering handmade cakes to friends and family around his local neighbourhood, dressed in a Santa outfit, would be the top choice!

Theodore spent two days baking and decorating his cakes, and then set off on his journey (with parental guidance of course) around neighbouring streets in their hometown of Penwortham to sell his creations in return for a donation to Baby Beat. In total, he raised a wonderful £250 to help the cause continue to support their life-changing projects for local families!

Forever grateful for the treatment Theodore received,  mum Charley said, “The team were amazing, and soon felt like family. There is no feeling that will ever compare to not being able to hold your new-born as often as you would like, or watch them fight battles you wish they didn’t have to, but when you have the support and love from an amazing team who go unsung most of the time you feel like you can achieve anything.”

Sister Katie Noble, who took part in our cheque presentation with Theodore and Charley, added, “I first met Ruth and Charley in a professional capacity, being lucky enough to nurse the beautiful Theodore when he was born prematurely. I think it’s fair to say the three of us had an instant bond that developed over Theodore’s time on NICU. I was always referred to Auntie Katie and I was lucky enough to help support them with his first bath. Charley and Ruth are truly amazing people that strive to do good and care for others and I am very proud to know them and have been part of their lives for the last four years!”

The Baby Beat team are hugely grateful for support from the local community through activities like this, and the charity’s Community and Events Fundraiser Sue Swire commented, “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Theodore, and his mums Ruth and Charley, for their wonderful support – it’s fantastic to see an interest in fundraising for good causes developing at such a young age! The projects that we fund really would not exist were it not for charitable support, although they make such a difference to the level of care provided in our wards and clinics. This donation will help our clinical colleagues like Katie continue to make a difference for premature babies each and every day.”

If you’d like to find out more about the crucial work that Baby Beat does in Lancashire, or about how you can get involved in fundraising, please visit www.babybeat.org.uk.