Guernsey Press

Preemie Danniella cuts the cake for a joint celebration

A YOUNG islander whose early birth inspired the founding of a local charity has said she is proud about it has achieved over the years.

Danniella Priaulx cutting the cake for World Prematurity Day. Yesterday marked 20 years for the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 32729689)

Danniella Priaulx celebrated her 20th birthday yesterday, coincidentally on World Prematurity Day.

After she was born five weeks early, her parents Jo and Andy Priaulx set up the Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation to help local families who have premature babies and seriously ill children.

On her 20th birthday Miss Priaulx said how proud she was of the foundation.

‘It means so much to know that all of this started from me,’ she said. ‘It’s a bit overwhelming, but its really nice.’

Miss Priaulx will be attending a family fun day event today at Les Beaucamps.

‘It will be really nice to see some of the other preemies that the foundation has helped. I usually think about all the recent babies so it will be nice to see some of the older ones,’ she said.

The charity helps by fundraising for equipment for the local neonatal unit, provides compassionate housing for families who have to travel to Southampton for treatment, and provides baby boxes which include premature baby items.

‘When I have delivered boxes it’s so nice to see that you have helped the families in any way,’ said Miss Priaulx.

The Guernsey Press launched a campaign this week to raise £66,000 to cover the cost of a year’s usage of the foundation’s three flats next to Southampton Hospital.

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