UB40’s saxophone player thanked nurses at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital for doing a sterling job when caring for his son, who was born three months prematurely.
The lives of Martin Meredith, 43, and his wife Jessica, 35, were turned upside down when their son, Sterling, now two, was born weighing just 850g in October 2012.
The youngster spent the next three months requiring round-the-clock care from staff on Lynn’s neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU) where the couple countless hours at the bedside of their son.
Martin said: “I just wanted to give something back to the nurses to say a small thanks for what they did for us. They really are the unsung heroes because you just don’t realise how much they care and how much they give until you need them.
“Our life was going great until it wasn’t and they were there for us when we really needed them.
“Although traumatic, they made it an incredible experience for us because they helped us so much.
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“They really are a credit to the NHS and to the nursing staff at the hospital.”
As a thank you to the neonatal nurses, Martin and the rest of the band were keen to invite them along to their gig at Lynn’s Corn Exchange on Tuesday night, where they were treated as VIPs.
The nurses were treated to champagne and a backstage meeting with the band after the show.
Martin said: “As soon as I heard we were coming to Lynn on the tour I was wanting to get the girls along as a treat for them. They absolutely loved it and we all had a ball!
“I can never thank them enough for what they did, but it was good to give something back to the nurses.”
He added: “The whole band were chuffed to have them along because they know nurses like to party and this lot certainly did!”
The band played to a sold out audience at the Corn Exchange after embarking upon a second leg of their tour due to popular demand.
Martin said: “We had a great show and a brilliant crowd. It’s always nice to play closer to home and the audience were great – they were very loud by the end of the show for Red Red Wine.”