What we do

The Winnicott Foundation raises funds to improve care for premature and sick babies through supporting the neonatal units at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith, by:

  • helping to save the lives of premature and sick newborn babies
  • helping families to be with their babies
  • helping to give premature and sick babies a better long-term future

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An independent registered charity, the Winnicott Foundation was founded in 1985 by parents and doctors who wanted to do more for premature and sick babies than the NHS was able to do. Originally formed to help the neonatal unit at St Mary’s, the charity is now supporting both of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust’s neonatal units at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith and St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.

The Winnicott Foundation works with staff and parents to meet the long-term and day-to-day needs of babies and families and of the neonatal units. The charity goes above and beyond what the NHS is able to provide and funds:

  • medical research
  • specialist high-tech life saving equipment 
  • materials and equipment to make babies more comfortable such as gel pillows, cot and incubator covers, to reduce noise and light, and, special baby clothes
  • parent support, including help with travel costs and hotel accommodation for families whose babies have been transferred into the units or are very sick
  • family rooms and nursery environment, such as reclining cotside chairs to help with skin-to-skin cuddles and breastfeeding, TV, PC and internet access, and refurbishment of the parent bedrooms and sitting room
  • staff training: helping to increase skill levels in the neonatal unit
  • books and information, bereavement support, a hardship fund and parent support groups

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