On Saturday 27 September families gathered in Roundhay Park, Leeds, for a fundraising event to help premature and sick babies. The event was a fundraiser organised by the Bliss Yorkshire regional office of Bliss, the special care baby charity.
Saturday’s Roundhay Park event was organised as a fundraiser to help Bliss continue its work, and as an opportunity for families from the Yorkshire area to meet and have a fun day out.
Karen Williams, Bliss Yorkshire Region Volunteer Coordinator said: “The highlight for me was little Pippa Wood, aged three, who was born premature at 25 weeks, and managed to walk the entire 5k even though it took her an hour longer than everyone else. When her mum offered to carry her she replied ‘No, that would be cheating and the little babies wouldn’t get the money we have raised for them!’”
One in every nine babies in the UK is born either premature or sick. Bliss Yorkshire recruits and coordinates volunteers known as Bliss Champions to go into neonatal units at hospitals in the Yorkshire and Humber neonatal network area to help support families with babies who have been admitted. The Bliss Champions give families information and a shoulder to lean on, and are based at Calderdale General Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Hull Royal Infirmary, and the Jessop Wing at Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.
To access information and support if you’ve had a premature or sick baby visit bliss.org.uk or call the free helpline on 0500 618 140