Celebrating Christmas with Bliss

January 18, 2012 5:34 PM

Bliss Christmas PartyOn December 22 I visited the Thomas Wall Children's Centre to help celebrate the Bliss Sutton support group's Christmas party. I am taking part in the Gold Challenge on behalf of Bliss, which will see me take on ten different Olympic sports in the lead up to this years Olympic Games.

Every year in the UK around 80,000 babies are born premature or sick and in need of specialist hospital care. Bliss support groups provide invaluable services and aim to provide support to parents and families ensuring that vulnerable babies have the best possible chance of survival, and of reaching their full potential.

I welcomed this opportunity to meet local mums and find out more about the work that Bliss does. I also met with Nada Guarguaglini, whose son Lorenzo needed life-saving treatment at St. Helier's neonatal unit after suffering oxygen starvation during birth. Nada set up the Bliss support group in Sutton to help other parents facing a similar situation to herself and champions the work that Bliss, the special care baby charity, does.

Nada says: 'It was really good to be able to talk to Tom about the work we do. The group is for parents and carers of sick and/or premature babies and offers peer support, friendship and signposting to other services. We also fundraise for Bliss and local neonatal units."

Bliss does such fantastic work and offers genuine support to premature babies and their families. Local groups like this can give reassurance and support to parents when they are going through a tremendously difficult time.

The Bliss Sutton Family Support group meets the first Tuesday morning of each month at Thomas Wall Children's Centre, Western Road, from 10am.

For more information about the work Bliss does please go to www.bliss.org.uk

To donate to my Bliss Challenge, please go to: www.justgiving.com/TomBrakeGoldChallenge

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