A CHARITY football match is being held in Shoreham to highlight the work of a special care unit for premature and sick newborns.
Toddler Ted Macdonald was saved by the Trevor Mann Baby Unit, at Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital, and his godfather, Gavin Willis, has organised the S7 Ted’s Trophy to thank them.
Mr Willis is managing director of Hove firm Search Seven, which is hosting the fundraiser at Shoreham Football Club, in Middle Road, on Sunday, September 7.
He said Ted, who will be two in October, was now able to lead a full life thanks to the dedication of the unit.
Ted, from Peacehaven, was starved of oxygen at birth but the unit helped prevent long-term brain damage. Mr Willis said it was thanks to its ground-breaking equipment that Ted pulled through.
“He is a very loveable, smiley, cheeky little chap, filled with joy and happiness,” he said. “However, there can be little doubt that this would not be the case had Ted not received the fantastic care and attention that he did from the Trevor Mann Baby Unit in the first two weeks of his life.”
Mr Willis said he wanted his agency to act as a vehicle to make a difference, promising up to seven per cent of profits to charities and community projects. This is its largest charity event since it was set up in November 2011.
There will be a half-time penalty shoot out and raffle after the match with big prizes. All proceeds from the day will go directly to the Trevor Mann Baby Unit.
Mr Willis said he wanted to highlight the work of the unit and thank staff for their ‘incredible dedication’ shown when Ted was born by emergency caesarean. His mum, Claire, had suffered a placental abruption, meaning he arrived with a zero Apgar score, which is designed to evaluate the baby’s condition.
Ted’s Trophy kicks off at 1.45pm. Search Seven XI will battle it out against the Trevor Mann Baby Unit XI. Tickets are £4, under-12s free. Visit www.searchseven.co.uk/tedstrophy for more information.