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Oscar's Fund brings special Christmas presents to labout ward


Babies born on Christmas Day on the maternity unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital are set to receive a very special Christmas present thanks to Oscar’s Fund. The charity has donated 35 Christmas packages containing everything parents will need to prepare for their new arrivals on the 25th December. 

The Palmer family from Marlborough family set up the fund in memory of Oscar Angus Rennie, the son of Becky Palmer and twin brother to Claudia Ava Rennie  who was sadly stillborn in July last year. The charitable fund supports families with babies, hospital wards and charities that support healthy births.

Becky recently gave birth to her third baby Angus at the RD&E and so the family were keen to support the unit with their fundraising efforts. Sisters Emily and Victoria Palmer started canvassing local businesses for donations in October, and thanks to their generosity was able to assemble 35 packages containing up to £150 worth of baby essentials to set parents up for their Christmas arrivals, including brand new swaddles, clothing and soft toys. The packs even contain items for mums and dads to enjoy, including vouchers for meals or milkshakes, a Christmas card and diaries to record precious memories in.

The family, including Becky’s parents Martin and Sheila and siblings Emily, Victoria and Philip, recently visited the labour ward at the RD&E to deliver the packages to staff. They also donated a cheque for £1,000 to the hospital’s Neonatal Unit in memory of Oscar.       
Emily Palmer said: “Both Victoria and I are incredibly excited to be supporting the hospital and we hope our packages go some way to making what is already a special day, even more special!"

Zita Martinez, Senior Matron at the RD&E, said: “We are delighted to accept these packages from Oscar’s Fund for our Christmas babies. Emily’s idea for these Christmas presents is really thoughtful and goes some way to turning something very sad into a positive, which is lovely to see.  I think that our mums will be very happy to receive one on Christmas Day.”

To find out more about Oscar’s Fund please visit





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