From chip shop to Bay-bies

A Stonehaven fish and chip shop has made a generous donation after fund-raising for Friends of the Special Nursery, a charity raising money for the Neo-Natal Unit in Aberdeen.

The Bay Fish and Chip shop, which has this week been short listed as the regional independent takeaway of the year, donated £800 to the charity to help improve conditions for babies and their families to ensure their stay in the neo-natal unit is as comfortable as possible.

Owners Calum and Lindsay Richardson bought The Bay in 2006 and fundraise money for two charities each year. The Neo-Natal Unit is a cause that is especially close to their hearts after one of their twins was looked after by the nurses in the unit when they were born prematurely three years ago.

Calum said: “The work the nurses did was great. Although both the twins were developed fine and healthy, my daughter Isla was slightly underweight and had to be kept in the neo-natal unit.

“It was difficult because the twins were separated so Lindsay couldn’t see Isla because our son Charlie was in a different part of the hospital, but the work the nurses did was great and if it wasn’t for the neo-natal unit, Isla wouldn’t be here today.”

Calum carried out several fund-raising events to raise money for the charity including having a collection tin on the chip shop’s counter, he said: “It’s remarkable how many people noticed the tin and mentioned that they had known someone or had personally had an experience with the neo-natal unit and were therefore willing to donate.”

Calum also held a wine tasting night to raise money for the charity in conjunction with Dunnottar Wines and a New Zealand wine company at the Yacht Club. Tickets were sold out in a couple of days and 40 people attended to enjoy wine tasting by Sandy Kennew of Dunnottar Wines, fresh fish products donated by Calum and Fettercairn whisky fudge.

The money will go towards the upgrade of the Neo-Natal sitting room, which is a room available for parents to relax whilst their babies are in the unit.