Guernsey’s premature babies benefit from the CISI’s annual dinner

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The Channel Islands Security Institute is helping the island’s most vulnerable babies hear clearly.

Over £4,000 was raised for the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation at the Institute’s annual dinner – money that will helpfund equipment used to detect hearing problems in babies born early.

President of the Guernsey branch of the 
CISI, Julian Parker, said the charity had struck a personal chord with both him and the committee.

‘It was just the sort of local charity we were looking to support in the community, so we were delighted we were able to help,’ he said.

The Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation was founded by triple World Touring Car Champion, Andy Priaulx and his wife Jo following the premature birth of their own children.

Mr Parker said as a family man himself, he has four children and is also a grandfather, he appreciated the hard work and commitment that Andy and Jo put in to the family-focused charity – and had seen first hand the difference it was making.

To date the PPBF, which is in its 10th year, has raised almost £300,000, providing vital support for the Bailiwick’s premature babies and their families.

It was the 10th anniversary celebrations that first drew Mr Parker’s attention to the charity.

‘When I started researching the work they did I was surprised at how much they achieved within the community,’ he said.

The PPBF works closely with the neonatal unit at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.

Money raised from the CISI dinner, which featured a talk by TV presenter and adventurer, Monty Halls, will go towards an ‘Accuscreen’ – a hand held screening device which screens babies hearing.

Andy Priaulx said islanders had really taken the charity to their hearts and never underestimated the time and effort that went into fundraising events.

‘We can’t thank islanders enough for their support. It is only with their generosity and hard work that we are able to continue with the support that we can offer,’ he said.