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Bliss advent calendar day nine

We are delighted to have been chosen by Morgan McKinley to be their Charity of the Year for both 2015 and 2016.

This support forms part of the Morgan McKinley Million, a global drive where the company aims to contribute the equivalent of one million euros to charities and worth causes across the Morgan McKinley global footprint of offices by the end of 2018.

Since they began supporting Bliss, the UK-wide recruitment agency has organised a range of different events, including guess the baby bump gender, a Rugby World Cup sweepstake, and Easter chick bake sale, a Valentine’s Day bake sale, a pub quiz and a Christmas jumper day.

They also entered two teams in the Bliss dragon boat race, raising an incredible £8,382.79. In total, they have now raised over £20,000 for Bliss!

In the time that we have been Morgan McKinley’s Charity of the Year one of their colleagues has actually benefited from our support.

Will Hepworth, a recruitment consultant from Morgan McKinley and a fellow dragon boater knows only too well what it is like to have a baby born premature. Lily was born on 2nd March 2016. It would be something of an understatement to say she took him and his wife Marie by surprise. Due to complications in Marie's pregnancy, Lily arrived by emergency C-section, 15 weeks premature, and weighing in at 1lb 1oz (or 495g).

At the time of her birth, they had no idea that it was possible for a premature baby to survive in that situation. However, over the past 6 months, Lily has battled through all manner of hurdles: receiving significant support with her breathing and overcoming infections, a collapsed lung, NEC, kidney failure, problems with weight gain, brittle bones (and a fractured femur!), extensive laser eye surgery and well over 20 blood transfusions.

Will is now actively supporting Bliss and is a Sunshine Fund Holder.

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