Simpsons Special Care Babies

Refurbishment of Neonatal Unit Family Facilities

Having a baby in the Neonatal Unit can be a stressful and frightening time for any family and the stay can be a lengthy one. We are committed to enhancing and expanding the current limited family facilities to help ease the burden on families. The overall cost of the project will be around £300,000.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

Registered Charity in Scotland (SC002013)

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices


  • Infants (<2)Infants (<2)
  • Women & GirlsWomen & Girls
  • OtherOther


United Kingdom


Current facilities for parents, whose babies may be in the Neonatal Unit for a few days up to several months, are inadequate - lack of privacy in waiting areas; outdated overnight accommodation; no secure storage; no tea/coffee making or cooking facilities, forcing parents to leave the Unit and loose valuable time with their babies; inadequate play space for siblings. Parental well-being is equally important to the care that each baby receives, and having adequate facilties is vital to this.


An extensive programme of refurbishment which will provide much needed family facilities, including a more private family space with kitchen facilities, play space for siblings, and better overnight accommodation for parents. This will enhance support for families during a very difficult time in their lives, allowing them to maximise time with their babies, and improve the working environment for staff, so that they can focus on giving the best possible care to babies in the Unit.

  • It is impossible to understate the value of the support that our service receives from Simpsons Special Care Babies. It enables us to aspire to excellence in all our activities.

    — Professor Ben Stenson, Consultant Neonatologist and Clinical Director of the Simpson Neoanatal Unit

  • Our daughter was born 3½ months early and weighed 880g, but thanks to the expert care and support she received, she is now a healthy, happy and beautiful soon-to-be 5 year old! We would like to raise funds for Simpsons Special Care Babies to thank the Neonatal Unit for all their amazing work.

    — A father whose daughter spent several weeks in the Neonatal Unit

  • I am running the Edinburgh Half Marathon to raise funds for Simpsons Special Care Babies. My son needed help from the Simpson Neonatal Unit when he was born 10 weeks early. If it was not for them my son would not be here today! We are eternally thankful.

    — A father running his first ever half marathon for SSCB

  • We have decided to enter the Benidorm or Bust Banger Rally this year to raise some funds for Simpsons Special Care Babies. Simpsons neonatal nurses were absolutely amazing when Mark’s daughter, Harper, came 12 weeks early. They deserve all the support we can afford to give them!!

    — A team of fundraisers whose friend's daughter was cared for in the Neonatal Unit