Police boost for baby respiration machine

    Rachel Burns

    A mother’s fundraising bid to improve the respiratory systems for babies in hospitals has been boosted by a £500 donation from Kent Police’s Property Fund in Tonbridge.

    Rachel Burns, from Kings Hill, has set up a fundraising initiative to buy a new respiratory machine for Tunbridge Wells Hospital’s Neonatal Unit.

    The Breathe4Pembury organisation is aiming to raising £6,000 in total.

    Mrs Burns believes the Vapotherm apparatus saved her elder daughter Ava’s life.

    The three year old, who attends Mereworth Pre-School, was born with meconium aspiration syndrome, which means she breathed in her own faeces while in the womb.

    Mrs Burns said: “This money will be used to save lives in the future and I am grateful that Kent Police has donated it to us.

    “This is a cause that is extremely close to my heart, as I am sure it is for many parents across west Kent.”

    The determined mother will undertake a sporting challenge every month to raise money. So far she has completed a 26.2-mile walk around Tunbridge Wells and Pembury and a 7km mud run.

    The Kent Police property fund auctions confiscated and unclaimed items, with the proceeds shared among several Kent charities.