Caterham school head teacher Julian Thomas has received an award from special care baby charity Bliss, after raising over £13,000 by trekking to the South Pole.
Julian was motivated to support the charity after his two godson’s were born prematurely. They required specialist treatment to survive and both families were supported by Bliss. He said: “The premature birth of a child is an emotional and frightening experience. Bliss, provided exceptional help and support to our friends when they most needed it.”
Julian spent around two months in Antarctica, embarking on a life changing expedition to the South Pole. He said: “It was extremely tough – far tougher, physically and mentally, than I had ever imagined – and yet I would not have missed it for the world. Antarctica is awe-inspiring – a place like no other. It is difficult to put into words quite how significant a life event the expedition was for me.”
The awards were presented at an event at City Hall, London, but Julian was unable to attend so his godson, Oscar, collected the award on his behalf. He said of his win: “I am so proud to receive this award from Bliss. It is such an incredible charity, helping those most in need of support during the most difficult time of their lives. I am only too pleased that I have been able to help in some small way.”
Caroline Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss said: “£13,000 is a fantastic amount of money to raise and we are delighted to have Julian’s support. He really deserves this award, as the money he raised will make a huge difference to special care babies and their families. We can’t wait to see what his next adventure will be.”
Bliss is the charity dedicated to improving the outcomes of babies born premature and sick, and ensuring they have the best possible chance of survival and of reaching their full potential. They also provide invaluable support to families, during what can be a very stressful and lonely time.
To find out more about Bliss, visit their website at bliss.org.uk.