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Meet Liz Hillier

Your name: Liz Hillier

Your volunteering role: Campaigner

Why did you start volunteering with Bliss? 

After fundraising for Bliss, as a way to say thank you for the support I received from the charity after my daughter was discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Norfolk, I then received an e-mail asking if I would be interested in campaigning in Ipswich. Bliss helped me arrange an initial meeting with Ben Gummer MP who then set up a meeting with Nick Hulme who is the CEO of the Ipswich Trust. I never thought in a million years that this is something I would become involved with, let alone love doing!

What do you enjoy most about your volunteering role? 

It sounds a cliché but meeting new people from across the UK who have inspired and challenged me is the most enjoyable part of being a Bliss campaigner. Fighting for a cause that I am deeply passionate about on a local and national level has helped me come to terms with what happened to our daughter as you want to make sure that family-centred care is a priority on all Special Care Baby Units and NICUs.

Do you have a volunteering highlight? 

Locally, getting the car parking permits adjusted so that they were more affordable for families who have to stay a long time on the SCBU at Ipswich Hospital as a result of the Bliss It’s Not a Game campaign was a real highlight. Nationally, being at the launch of the Bliss baby report at the House of Parliament in 2015 was extremely emotive. There was a sense that we could achieve change to the way that neonatal services are funded as well as placing more emphasis on the importance of family-centred care during a baby’s neonatal journey.

Get to know Liz outside of her role...

What music are you listening to at the moment? The Stone Roses/James Bay

What is your favourite film? The Shawshank Redemption

What is your favourite book? The Remains of the Day (I had to pick a straw for this one!)

What three things would you take with you to a desert island?

  • A photo of Rob, James and Bethan
  • My pillow
  • My mindfulness colouring book

What is a fun fact that most people don’t know about you? 

BC (Before Children) – I was the student who could drink a yard of ale in the quickest time.

PC (Post Children) – I LOVE Zumba especially all of the luminous pink and green gear that I get to wear!

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