On Friday 15th March, Barratt David Wilson Homes Kent, visited the Special Care Baby Unit (Walnut Ward) at Darent Valley Hospital, to present a cheque for £1,000 to the Little Buds Fund


Photograph: Centre: Natalie Perry, Right:  Senior Sister Annette Pope

Natalie Perry, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt Kent, said,

“Thanks to our new homes development Phoenix Quarter, we are delighted that we can work with the Little Buds Fund, which provides vital support for babies and their families. As the country’s largest house builder we are committed to creating a positive legacy. We want to lead the industry not just in the quality of the homes and developments we build, but also in our work with charities and good causes throughout the UK.”

The Little Buds Fund is currently raising funds to pay the annual licence for a new video messaging service they can provide for parents via a secure account to their smartphone, tablet or PC. Staff record and send video messages of babies to their parents which helps keep loved ones reassured how their baby is doing when they cannot be at the cot-side around the clock.

Sally George, Head of Fundraising and Voluntary Services at Darent Valley Hospital, said,

“We are extremely grateful to Barratt Homes for their kind donation in support of our Little Buds Fund which helps us provide the best special care for babies. Charitable funds help us to provide the latest life supporting equipment, to ensure we are giving our precious little lives the best chances to survive and thrive. The Little Buds Fund also allows us to enhance patient experience, by providing the little things such as a library of new books for parents to read their babies in the nurseries, and a sibling room for children to play in whilst Mum and Dad spend precious time with their brother or sister. The Charity has also funded our vCreate system which allows nursing staff to send parents secure video messages of their babies when they can’t be with their precious baby around the clock.”