March 2, 2009
The official opening of Max's room.
Official Opening of The Max Room at the Royal Surrey County Hospital
Thanks to the huge fundraising efforts of a family whose children were cared for by the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), parents and staff can now benefit from a completed renovated room and new facilities.
The Max Room was officially opened on Friday 27th February 2009 and is in memory of Max King Courtier-Dutton.
Max and his twin sister, Isabella, were born at The Royal Surrey Hospital in April 2006 to Lucy Courtier-Dutton and her late husband, Charlie. The twins received exemplary care from the staff of SCBU but, sadly, Max died when he was ten days old.
Cobham based Lucy and her brothers ran the London Marathon in April 2008 in memory of Max and in a bid to raise funds to support the unit. Together with family and friends they raised over £10,000 enabling this complete renovation of the parents’ room.
The existing parents room has been completely renovated, creating space to sit and relax, a fully equipped kitchen and a comprehensive entertainment system, enabling parents and their families to switch off or tune in to the outside world.
Speaking about the room, Lucy Courtier-Dutton said:
“My family and I know how stressful it is for parents whose babies have to been time in the Special Care Baby Unit and also the staff working in the unit. We wanted to do something to show our gratitude for the care the twins received and my family and I hope that the new room will provide them with some respite and relaxation.”
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