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The Red Sea Pedestrians raises £300,000 for Saint Mary’s Hospital

Kym Marsh 2The Red Sea Pedestrians (RSP) have once again pulled off an incredible evening, raising a mind-blowing £300,000 at their 9th annual charity ball (11.03.17) at the Lowry Hotel in aid of Saint Mary's Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Rheumatology Department at Royal  Manchester Children's Hospital.

Coronation Street's Kym Marsh attended the glamorous ball at The Lowry Hotel where she gave an emotional speech (https://vimeo.com/208005420) about the tragic loss of her baby and talked to the audience about her then positive experience at Saint Mary's Hospital, highlighting the importance of the equipment the hospital so urgently needs.

With the RSP's help, Saint Mary's Hospital is now able to buy 4 High Frequency Oscillation Ventilators to help the poorliest,  premature babies make a speedy recovery.

The stunning guests were entertained by the incredible SwanBand who kept the party going until the early morning!

RSP volunteersAntony Wagman, Chair of Trustees of The Red Sea Pedestrian's, said: "We are absolutely overwhelmed by the continuous generosity of our guests, we raised a life-changing amount of money for an incredibly worthy cause."

Sarah Naismith, Head of Saint Mary's Hospital Charity, commented:

"We're absolutely delighted with the phenomenal amount raised on the night, and would like to extend our gratitude to The Red Sea Pedestrian's and all their supporters for their hard work and efforts in making the ball such a huge success. The funds raised will ensure that the smallest and sickest babies, who don't respond to conventional forms of ventilation, can receive the best possible treatment our hospital can give them. This will make a real and lasting difference to the lives of so many families across the north west, and beyond."

The event was organised by Taylor Lynn Corporation and sponsored by The Ruia Group, Stocktons, Beaverbrooks the Jewellers, Pretty by Quest and Premex Services.

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For more information or images please contact Alejandra Solis on 078 178 3898 or solis.alejandra@gmail.com, visit www.redseapedestrians.org and follow the RSP on Facebook.

Notes to editors

High Frequency Oscillation Ventilators (HFOV)

Saint Mary's Hospital requires 4 High Frequency Oscillation Ventilators (HFOV) - each one costs £35,000.

HFOV is a highly specialised form of breathing support which is used for the sickest of babies who do not respond to conventional forms of ventilation.  Without this new equipment the provision of HFOV is at best outdated and at worst unavailable, which inevitably can result in babies not receiving the care they need.  In addition the smaller footprint of the newer HFOV ventilators means that babies can be commenced on HFOV with less impact on the physical space around the incubator, ensuring a more family friendly environment, and reduced risk of injury or incidents.