Alexander with mum and dad at the unit

Portree parents Alan and Megan Mackenzie have been back to say a big thank you to hospital staff who helped keep their son alive.

Young Alexander, now 2 years old, travelled with mum and dad to Raigmore’s Special Care Baby Unit to not only show nurses how well he is now doing but also to hand over a donation of £3,230.

Two years ago Alexander needed specialist care at the unit after he was born two months early and late required shunt surgery.

So to say thank you, Alan a stalwart of the Isle of Skye Pipe band, and his family held a ceilidh fundraiser and a raffle to raise money for the unit. Altogether the collected a total of £4230. A £1000 of that was given to the Ronald McDonald House in Glasgow where they Alexander spent two weeks while having the brain surgery.

Staff midwife Jane Elliot at Raigmore was on hand to accept the donation for the unit and she remembers the family from their time in SCBU.

She said: “It was great to see Alexander again. We are so fortunate as a unit that so many of our former patients come by to say hello.

“This is a fantastic sum of money which has been donated to the unit. We are very grateful to them for thinking of us and we really can’t thank them enough.”