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The Peter McFerran Appeal

Peter McFerran Appeal

THE Flintshire Chronicle  is running a special fundraising campaign called the Peter McFerran Appeal.

Our aim is to raise £15,000 to purchase an incubator for the Special Care Baby Unit at the Countess of Chester Hospital in memory of Peter McFerran.

The 24-year-old, a senior aircraftsman with 1 Squadron RAF Regiment, based at RAF Honington, Suffolk, was killed in Iraq in July 2007.

Peter, of Connah's Quay, was resting from duties protecting aircraft operating to and from Basra Airport when an insurgent rocket hit the accommodation hut he was in. Fifteen personnel were injured in the attack, three of them fatally.

When Peter was born eight weeks premature in November,1982, weighing just 4lbs 9oz and spent a fortnight in an incubator at the Countess’ Special Baby Care Unit.

Following his death, Peter’s parents Ann and Bob McFerran, of Connah’s Quay, sent a photograph of their son along with a donation to the hospital unit to thank them for what they did for Peter and to give other parents a message of hope that their babies can survive.

Numerous fundraising events have already taken place including sponsored walks and swims, a strawberry tea, a mad hair day, sponsored leg wax and motorcycle ride, with more fundraisers planned.

If you would like to make a donation to the appeal, please send a cheque made payable to COCH NHS Charitable Funds with a covering note explaining the donation is for the Peter McFerran Appeal, to The Fundraising Office, Countess Of Chester Hospital, Liverpool Road, Chester CH2 1UL. Alternatively, if you would like to organise a sponsored event please call the Flintshire Chronicle newsdesk on 01244 821911 or 01352 755455.