Real estate company funds ‘new homes’ for premature babies

Press Release – Barfoot and Thompson

30 November

Real estate company funds
‘new homes’ for premature babies

Earlier this week Starship Children’s
Hospital was presented with the ‘keys’ to six new tiny
‘homes’ for premature babies at the Newborn Intensive
Care Unit (NICU), all thanks to the incredible fundraising
efforts of Barfoot & Thompson staff.

Each costing
about the same as a small house deposit, these new
‘homes’ are six state-of-the-art incubators, which will
provide vital life-support for hundreds of premature babies.

NICU Charge Nurse Manager Dale Garton says the new
incubators are much needed additions to the fleet, helping
ensure there is always a machine easily on hand to help one
of the more than 900 infants admitted to the NICU each

“Some of the most premature babies will
spend the majority of their three to four month stay in NICU
in an incubator. It becomes their pseudo-womb, where they
can be kept safe and warm while they mature,” explains Ms

Premature babies often have little or no
ability to maintain their body temperature, so incubators
provide the warm environment infants need to survive and
thrive. The new machines are also equipped with the latest
humidity technology for the best hygiene and to help combat

“These new incubators are also very
ergonomic, providing lots of access for medical staff and,
of course, for new parents to help feed, bathe and change
the nappies of their babies.”

Not unlike expectant
parents, the delivery of the new machines to Starship
Children’s Hospital today marks the end of nine months’
hard work and preparation by Barfoot & Thompson staff.

Since February, agents and staff from across the real
estate company’s 60+ Auckland and Northland branches have
worked tirelessly to raise $133,000 for the cause, almost
doubling their annual target.

Branches raised the
impressive sum through everything from fashion shows, quiz
nights, comedy debates, movie nights and TradeMe auctions to
name just a few.

Peter Thompson, Managing Director
of Barfoot and Thompson which is a Five Star Partner of the
Starship Foundation says it’s a cause that runs right
through the heart of the business.

“All of our
branches have had some hand in raising this money and making
this donation possible. We are extremely passionate and
committed, and now very excited to be able to provide these
warm, clean and safe new homes for premature babies.”


About Starship

The Starship Foundation raises funds
so Starship Children’s Health can better care for New
Zealand’s children. Donations are an extra to Government
funding and provide a variety of initiatives such as new
technology, vital research, boosted family support and
preventative programmes. As a charitable organisation,
Starship Foundation exists through the generosity of the New
Zealand public who lovingly donate money and/or time to
assist in making Starship a world class medical facility.
Starship Children’s Health cares for nearly 120,000 children
from around the country each year. New Zealanders can
support these children by donating to the Starship
Foundation on 09 307 4957 or on-line

Barfoot &
Thompson knows Auckland best. It is the city’s leading
real estate company, selling around one in three Auckland
residential homes, significantly ahead of all other
competitor brands.

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