Today, volunteer Karen Fenton met Luke Cameron, holder of the ‘Nicest Job in Britain’, to explain why she gives her time to help families of special care babies.
Karen’s daughter Isabella was born premature at 27 weeks gestation. Isabella was very unwell and spent the first six months of her life in and out of hospital. Although Isabella received fantastic care during this difficult period, her mother Karen felt isolated and wished she had someone to speak to.
She decided to set up a family group to provide a network for parents to socialise, share advice and support each other. Karen has been running the group with another Bliss volunteer, Michelle Berry, for the last 18 months.
As well as running the family group, Karen has spent the last year volunteering for Bliss at Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax. She visits the special care unit each week and provides important information to parents ensuring they have access to Bliss’ valuable support services.
Luke said: “It was lovely to meet Karen and hear how she is using her experiences to help other parents in similar situations. It’s great to hear there are a variety of ways volunteers can support Bliss and the families of special care babies.”
In the afternoon Luke also met with medical staff and Bliss volunteers to see how they work together to maintain the best possible level of care.
Luke runs ‘The Good Deed Diary’ - a blog he updates detailing the selfless acts he has done for others. He is spending the year helping charities across the country as part of ‘The Nicest Job in Britain’.
For more information on Bliss’ volunteering opportunities, please visit: http://www.bliss.org.uk/Pages/Category/volunteer or email firstname.lastname@example.org.