A SUPERMARKET and a charity have got together to help premature babies born at Barnsley Hospital.

Tesco donated packs of clothing which include sleepsuits, bodysuits, hats and scratch mitts to the neonatal unit, alongside The Salvation Army.

According to data from the Office for National Statistics, on average seven per cent of babies are born prematurely.

Jan Marchant, managing director for Tesco’s home and clothing branch, said: “Premature babies are often unexpected and it can be difficult to find clothing items to fit at such short notice. We want to provide practical help to mums and dads at Barnsley Hospital during a stressful time and help give the babies a stronger start in life.”

Amanda Pritchard, NHS chief executive, added: “Having a baby born prematurely can be a really worrying time for so many, and with our hard-working staff across the country continuing to do all they can to provide care and support to premature babies and their families, it is fantastic that Tesco is donating specialist baby clothing to every NHS neonatal unit across England to provide additional help.

“These clothing packs could make a huge difference to tens of thousands of babies and their families who need it most over the next year, and we are extremely grateful to Tesco, and to The Salvation Army, for making this possible.”