THE appeal for a new Special Care Baby Unit at Yeovil Hospital has received an enormous boost thanks to the generosity of a South West charity.

The £10,000 gift from the organisation New Life has brought them to within £85,000 of their £500,000 target.

New Life was launched by Trevor Goodall in 1995 in memory of his sons Joshua and Samuel.

The charity started out supporting the Special Care Baby Unit at Swindon but due to the success of their fundraising, they have been able to support other units nearby.

James Kirton, Head of Fundraising at Yeovil Hospital said: "I called Trevor at New Life having seen the amazing donations he had made elsewhere.

"It felt like a long shot as we are a little further away, so we were totally amazed when they gave us the news.”

Trevor Goodall added: “It is nice for me and for our many supporters to see what our donations are being spent on and what a difference we are making.

"The sister on the unit at Yeovil has invited me to come down again once the new unit is open so I am really looking forward to that and to seeing the new unit”.