Father of twins will perform at Diamond Ball in aid of SCBU

A FATHER of seven-month-old twins is supporting The Diamond Ball, in aid of the special care baby unit where one of his twin sons was treated.

Trevor Jones and his wife Madeleine were thrilled when twins Thomas and Harrison were born in October last year. However, Thomas, who weighed just 4.5lbs, had low blood sugar levels and the couple were told he would need special care.

Trevor, a musician who will be performing at the St Neots event for free, said: “Thomas was quite poorly and he was in SCBU for more than a week. The staff were so fantastic there and I said at the time that I would like to do a gig to raise money for them. When I found out about the Diamond Ball I thought it was brilliant.”

He continued: “When your baby needs treatment in SCBU it really is a worrying time. It’s really hard to explain just how worrying it is. You feel completely helpless. We are so indebted to them.

“I remember one night when my wife was leaving the hospital that one of the staff came down with a photo of Thomas waving. It was so lovely and just epitomised the care we received. That gesture made a lot of difference, we were so touched, it was such a thoughtful, kind gesture.”

He added: “The staff were extremely competent and very reassuring. We felt that we were in safe hands.”

Thomas is now doing well and Trevor said both twins are “extremely happy and healthy”.

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He said: “We have got a lot to be grateful for.”

The Diamond Ball will be held at St Neots Rugby Club in a venue supplied by Pidley-based company Evolution Domes. Tickets cost �40 and include a three-course meal and entertainment. The money will be split between the special care baby units at Hinchingbrooke and Addenbrooke’s hospitals. As well as live entertainment from Trevor, there will be entertainment from Libby Holden and a disco.

INFORMATION: To book a ticket for June 30, e-mail scbuball@hotmail.co.uk. You can also buy online using Paypal, or by visiting the Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon. Cheques payable to Hinchingbrooke HCT – New Life Appeal.

A new Just Giving link has been set up for people who cannot attend but would like to make a donation to the appeal – visit www.justgiving.com/account/your-pages/diamondball2012