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Joy from tragedy as The Peter McFerran Appeal hits £15,000 target thanks to generous readers

THE Chronicle has hit its £15,000 Peter McFerran Appeal target.

The funds, raised by you, our readers, will purchase an incubator at the Countess of Chester Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in memory of Peter McFerran, of Connah’s Quay.

The 24-year-old, a senior aircraftsman with Number 1 Squadron RAF, was killed when an insurgent rocket hit the building he was in while resting from duties protecting aircraft operating at Basra airport, Iraq.

A donation made by his parents Ann and Bob McFerran to SCBU following his death prompted our appeal.

Peter had spent time in SCBU in November, 1982, after being born eight weeks premature.

Now, thanks to numerous sponsored events and a sportsmans dinner, we have raised £15,000.

Mrs McFerran said: “It means a lot to us as a family that we have hit our fundraising target. It’s good that something positive has come out of Peter’s death.

“There’s still a few more events being organised at the moment, so we will keep on raising money for SCBU in memory of our son. I am going to do a walk every year on Peter’s birthday.”

Sir Jim Sharples, chairman of the COCH NHS Trust, said: “On behalf the Countess of Chester Hospital and SCBU I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the Chronicle, its readers and the McFerrans for raising enough funds to purchase an incubator on SCBU. The staff here were all very moved to hear Peter's story and feel the donation is a fitting tribute to him. The incubator will make a huge difference to the lives of babies on the unit.”

Flintshire Chronicle editor Kevin Hughes added: “I’m delighted we were able to do something so positive in Peter’s memory. He gave his life for his country and deserves to be remembered in this special way.”