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Cathy McIlwaine told the guests about how her baby, Eddie, was nearly transferred from their home in Hertfordshire to hospitals in either Liverpool or Glasgow due to a lack of intensive care beds in London when he became critically ill.

The family were so relieved when a bed became available in the Children’s Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at St Mary’s, where the team worked around the clock for six days to save his life. Cathy spoke of the incredible care Eddie received and the calmness of the unit that made her feel that everything was under control.

Cathy, whose son is now 17 weeks old, urged everyone at the event to support the More Smiles Appeal, which aims to raise at least £2 million to expand and renovate the unit so even more children can be treated there.

The fundraising night also included dinner and a talk from one of founders of St. Mary’s Children’s Intensive Care Unit, Mike Levin.

The evening was rounded off with a speech from Home House member and entrepreneur Sir Eric Peacock, who spoke in support of the NHS.

The pledge dinner raised more than £25,000. 
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