The Guernsey Motor Traders Association (GMTA) was delighted to present Andy Priaulx with a donation of £5,000 to the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation (PPBF) recently, not least for his connection to local motor sport.
The cheque was presented at Forest Road Garage which Andy’s Grandfather, Ernold, built (reputedly with his bare hands) in 1948, by the current owner, Andy’s friend Dale Crowsley, and Andrew Sparks, Doyle Motors Finance Director and former Joint GMTA President.
Andrew’s only child, Oliver, benefited from the incubator and equipment supplied by the PPBF to the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.
‘I was delighted that the GMTA supported my proposal of making a donation to a charity close to my heart. My family are deeply indebted to Andy, Jo and their team for their tireless fund raising efforts to support locally born premature babies by the provision of life saving equipment funded by charitable donations,’ he explained.
‘Our son Oliver was born nearly seven-and-a-half weeks prematurely, weighing just over three -and-a-half pounds and spent nearly two months in the neonatal intensive care unit. With the help of the wonderful staff on Frossard Ward and equipment provided by the charity, Oliver, like hundreds of others, now enjoys a normal childhood thanks to the charity.’
The Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation was founded by triple World Touring Car Champion, Andy Priaulx and his wife Jo following the premature birth of their own children, Seb (now 13) and Danniella (10). Their early arrival prompted the Guernsey couple to establish the charity, which last year celebrated its tenth anniversary. To date, the PPBF has raised almost £250,000, providing vital support for the Bailiwick’s premature babies and their families. ‘However, it is only through the generosity and hard work of islanders that we can continue to help,’ says Andy.
The PPBF works closely with the Neonatal Unit at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital and consultant paediatrician Dr Sandie Bohin said the support they received from the Foundation was revolutionising the care they were able to offer and that it had undoubtedly helped the 65 or so babies who are admitted to the Neonatal Unit each year.
Equipment also provided by the charity includes incubators, hot cots, baby boxes and breast pumps. Most recently, a flat in Southampton has been donated to the charity for local families to use who have a child at the UK hospital, which of course incurs ongoing costs.
The Foundation also provides vital emotional and financial support to families coping with the premature birth of their child; that support is extended to the families of children with serious or life-threatening conditions.
To find out more about the charity or to make a donation, visit www.ppbf.org.gg