Portland charity footbal match raises funds for Special Care Baby Unit nursing staff (From Dorset Echo)
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Portland charity footbal match raises funds for Special Care Baby Unit nursing staff
A PORTLAND father hosted a charity football match to raise funds for nursing staff who saved his son’s life.
He said his nine-month-old son Ruben is only alive today thanks to the dedicated team who looked after him throughout Christmas last year. He was discharged from hospital on Boxing Day.
More than £1,000 was raised from the event.
The 25-year-old dad said: “Ruben was born with breathing problems and was put onto a drip.
“Even though there were a lot of patients and staff ill with a virus, the staff that were looking after him still gave him 100 per cent care and never left his side.
“It all happened over the Christmas period but Ruben was still their number one priority and on Christmas Day we got to have Ruben in our room at the hospital and his brothers and sister were allowed to visit him on Christmas Day. On Christmas Day the staff gave him a personalised cracker with his name on, a knitted Santa, a Christmas blanket and a cardigan.”
He added: “The day went amazingly well and I want to thank everyone who helped and volunteered.”
He also paid special thanks to John Chester for managing the opposition football team, all the players that participated and to Darren Whyton, of Portland United, for the use of the facilities at the ground on Grove Corner.
The match kicked off at 2pm and was followed by a raffle with prizes that included two tickets to any AFC Bournemouth match.
Ruben’s mum Lisa Marie was on hand at the event along with Ruben and his siblings.
Mr Ramsey added: “Ruben is doing fine now but we just want to say a big thank you to the team at the Special Care Baby Unit.”
The dedicated father made his 100th appearance for Portland Town recently.
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