Each year Mother& Baby hold their Big Heart Awards in support of Bliss, to celebrate the people who’ve made a difference to you – real-life heroes. On Monday 10 March the awards for all ten categories were presented to their winners, including two winners specially chosen by Bliss, recognising their amazing achievements in helping babies born too soon, too small, too sick. The award ceremony, was attended by a host of celebrities including; Danielle O’Hara, Jenny Frost, Imogen Thomas, Laura Hamilton and Dr Dawn Harper.
The winners for each category were:
Bliss Family Group of the Year: Cake Club at the Royal London – Michaela Southworth
This cake club is part of the wonderful Bliss Royal London Family Group in Whitechapel. It is run by Michaela Southworth, who knows exactly how valuable this support can be, after spending time on the unit herself with her own son Nathan, who is now 4. Cake has proved to be a great way to help get the diverse mix of parents at the units to come together to share their experiences and support each other.
Michaela gave an example of what the group can achieve “A mum of a 24 weeker came in initially very shocked. After a few weeks of attending the Cake Club, she herself was starting to support new parents facing the same shock she went through”.
Bliss Volunteer of the Year: Marie Bailey
Marie Bailey has been a Bliss supporter since 2008, when she had her own experience of premature birth with her daughter Lily. “Lily was born at 28 weeks and Bliss helped me and my husband Richard so much. The support was amazing and helped us to stay positive during the 9 weeks Lily spent in special care.”
Marie has raised an incredible £40,000 for Bliss since then, through a whole host of inspiring fundraising efforts, including the annual ‘Lily’s Ball’. Last October she raised an incredible £9,740 from Lily’s Ball alone, with almost 300 people attending.
A family you can count on: Elaine Joel
Fantastic Father: James Nugent
Outstanding Neonatal Unit of the year: The Lister Hospital
Brilliant Big Sister: Ellie Cray
Beyond the call of duty (HCP): Kit Pennington, nursery nurse at Salisbury District Hospital
Against all odds baby: Noah Wall
This award was kindly sponsored by Mothercare
Inspirational friendship: Stephanie Dewey
This award was kindly sponsored by Pregnacare
Mum in a Million: Hayley Duffety
This award was kindly sponsored by Angelcare