The partnership was launched in the Kelso store of Sainsbury’s, with a two day bag packing and engagement event.

With the money raised over the next 12 months the Special Care Baby Unit hope to buy some phototherapy equipment to assist in the treatment of jaundice and also some specialist recliners to encourage parents to have prolonged physical contact with their baby which is crucial for bonding.

The Special Care Baby Unit is just one of over 200 endowment funds that make up the NHS Borders charity, the difference, who work to fund enhancements to services.

Karen Nairn, Fundraising Manager for the difference, said: “We are very grateful to all the staff and customers of Sainsbury’s who voted for the Special Care Baby Unit, this is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the crucial work the SCBU team do and also raise significant funds to help make life a little easier for the families using the unit.” She added: “This launch weekend was really about introducing ourselves and it was lovely to speak to so many people over the two days, many of whom had personal experience of the special care baby unit and were therefore happy to support and donate.”