Yesterday, Luke Cameron, holder of ‘The Nicest Job in Britain’ had a tour of Leeds General Infirmary’s special care unit with Bliss’ Regional Co-ordinator for Yorkshire, Karen Williams (pictured).
Luke also met Helen Jackson, who has been volunteering on the unit for the past four years, following the premature birth of one of her four sons.
She told him she visits the unit every week to support parents and ensure they have access to Bliss’ services. Her experience has also motivated her to run a family group with fellow volunteer Sarah Ramsden, in Burnley and Menston, as well as fundraising for Bliss.
Luke said: “Despite having a job and four children, Helen finds the time to visit her local special care unit to help the families of premature and sick babies. She is a shining example of the incredible volunteers that give up their time for Bliss.”
Luke then spoke with a mother about her experience of recently given birth to her third premature baby in three years and how she found the really valued Helen’s support during this difficult time.
A consultant on the unit, Liz McKechie, told Luke about a new pilot scheme to empower parents and put them at the centre of their baby’s care – Bliss staff and volunteers are also helping with the scheme.
Later in the day, Luke also met Philippa Sanderson, one of Bliss’ trustees, for a chat about her motivations for becoming involved with Bliss. Philippa has been Bliss’ Treasurer since September 2014, and is the mother of a premature baby herself.