Parents put the kettle on to say thank you

Emma Ironmonger and her son, William from Towcester are having a fundraising coffee morning
Emma Ironmonger and her son, William from Towcester are having a fundraising coffee morning

Towcester couple Robert and Emma Ironmonger are hosting a coffee morning at Towcester Town Hall on Saturday, October 19 in order to raise funds for a hospital ward which saved their son’s life two years ago.

Emma and Robert endured a turbulent month when they were informed their son William was suffering with meconium aspiration syndrome following his birth at Northampton Hospital’s Gossett Ward in 2011.

MAS affects newborn infants when their excrement becomes present in the lungs during or before delivery, causing respiratory problems during infancy.

William had to be induced into a coma so tubes could help him breathe whilst the meconium cleared but, fortunately, with the hard work and support of Gossett Ward and a special care unit in Coventry, he will now celebrate his second birthday in November.

Emma and Robert – who celebrated the arrival of second son Thomas last December – have been raising money for both hospitals that helped William since their wedding day in July 2012, when they asked for gifts to be given in the form of donations to the ward. Emma said: “Doctor Chadwick was the name of the lady that saved his life at Northampton, along with all the other wonderful staff.

“They were so lovely, providing great emotional support for my husband and myself as well as physical care for William.”

“The main reason we are fundraising is to help other families and their children.

“With the money we raised last year we bought a camera for the children in the ward at Coventry. It can print images straight away for parents to keep as we know how hard it is not to be able to see them whilst on the ward.

“For Northampton we bought lots of new baby clothes, as well as tea and coffee for the parents’ room, and a television with a DVD player.

Next Saturday’s coffee morning will run from 10am until 1pm. Hot and cold refreshments including cake and biscuits will be available and live music from the Towcester School of Rock will feature throughout. There will also be a guest appearance from Mickey Mouse, book stalls, a toy corner and face-painting.