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Local photographer gets snap happy for calendar

TINY TOTS FEATURE IN FUNDRAISER FOR THE COOMBE HOSPITAL

FERGAL MADDOCK

Published 06/11/2012 | 10:09

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Local photographer Tanya Crosbie with Lucy Kennedy and Barra Hughes at the launch of the 'When I Grow Up' fundraising calendar; (above, right) the calendar.

A MALAHIDE photographer has played an important role in the production of just-released charity calendar in aid of a busy Dublin maternity hospital.

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Tanya Crosbie from Giggles and Smiles studio took the fabulous photos contained in the 2013 calendar free of charge, which has been produced by the Friends of the Coombe charity organisation, which raises funds to assist in the development of the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital. Celebrity mum Lucy Kennedy has now launched the 'When I grow Up' calendar, which features 19 children born at the hospital who have spent a significant period of time being cared for in the neonatal unit. It is available now to purchase from the Friends of the Coombe website www.friendsofthecoombe.ie or from the Giggles and Smiles Photography website www.gigglesandsmiles.com at a cost of €10 including postage. It is also available to purchase in Mischief, New Street Mall, Malahide. The Neonatal Centre at the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital cares for more than 1,000 babies each year and is made up of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, High Dependency Unit and the Special Care Baby Unit. Between 15-20 per cent of new-born infants need to be admitted to the 40cot facility to receive special and intensive care treatment. Speaking at the launch, Lucy Kennedy said: 'I am always struck by how small and fragile new-born babies are but seeing how tiny some of the children in this calendar were at birth was a real eye opener. It is truly wonderful to see them now – thriving and running around. I am delighted to be able to support this initiative to help raise money to allow children who are born prematurely or ill to blossom and be allowed to dream of the future.' Dr. Chris Fitzpatrick, Master of the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, said: 'The intensive care of seriously ill new-born babies is highly complex and challenging. Caring for these babies is one of the most demanding tasks imaginable. Discharging these babies after days, weeks or even months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is one of the most rewarding experiences modern medicine has to offer. By purchasing a calendar, people will be investing in medical progress and the future of infant healthcare in Ireland.'

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