A fundraiser has been launched to help a young mum with travel costs so she can get to the hospital to see her premature twins.
Chardonnay Nicholson, 20, gave birth on May 4, 11 weeks early, to her babies Bella and Aaliyah at QEQM Hospital but the twins, whose birth weights were 2lb 11oz and 3lb 7oz, have now been moved to a special baby care unit at another hospital.
Chardonnay has been discharged and says she does not qualify for accommodation or any financial help from the NHS to travel and that Universal Credit does not help with the costs either.
She said: “They are in special care because they are tiny. They are making quite good progress but have been on breathing tubes, one is off now but the other is on Cpap (ventilation).
“They might have to stay until the due date in July although I am hoping that I can maybe bring them home by the end of June.”
Chardonnay says despite having everything the babies need she ended up in hospital without a bag due to their sudden and unexpected arrival.
The first-time mum added: “I had a natural birth and this means I don’t qualify for any funding to help me pay for travel. At the moment I have to get a train and then a bus and it is hard because I just want to make sure I go and see them.
“I hate it because I just want to be with them.”
To help Chardonnay with travel costs, her friend has set up a GoFundMe.