Vote to raise money for Tommy’s and win!
Thank you to all of you who took the time to vote in the awards – we’re proud to announce that together we have raised £25,000 for Tommy’s!The winners were announced at the star-studded ceremony in March, which took place at the Landmark Hotel in London and gave recognition to some truly inspirational and courageous people – there certainly wasn’t a dry eye left in the house by the end of the afternoon!
The ceremony was hosted by Carrie and David Grant, and awards were presented by celebrities including: Sadie Frost, Helen McCrory, Katy Hill, Amanda Mealing, Terri Dwyer and Nancy Sorrell.
Since 1995, the Baby-friendly Awards have recognised the vital support that friends, family and health professionals offer couples who suffer a pregnancy complication, or loss of a baby. The nine winners included Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Neonatal Unit who picked up the ‘Miracle Unit’ Award for the outstanding care they gave to a premature baby born at twenty seven weeks, whilst the ‘Courage’ Award went to a Bedfordshire couple who waited twenty one years to become parents.
The Awards also recognise corporate companies and retailers who make a positive difference to families’ lives all over the UK, making their everyday needs a priority. Working in partnership with Bounty enabled Tommy’s to invite all of our members to vote and with a record number of votes cast this year it shows that parents really are standing up and rewarding the companies that go that extra mile to be truly ‘baby friendly’.
And the winners are...
Tommy’s & Center Parcs ‘Super Sibling’ Award - James Hartley10 months ago James’ brother, Harry, was born prem at 24 wks, weighing 1lb 3oz. He spent the following months in hospital with multiple complications. James helped tube feed Harry, change nappies and was a rock for the whole family, showing a maturity beyond his years.
He even sacrificed celebrating his 9th birthday and didn’t complain once. James loves making his younger brother laugh and is incredibly caring towards him.
Tommy’s & Hologic ‘Miracle Unit’ Award –
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Neonatal UnitJade and Andrew Jarvis nominated the neonatal unit after the excellent care shown to their son, Mylo. Jade was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and Mylo was born at 27 wks. He battled a number of health problems including chronic lung disease, PDA, an inguinal hernia and gastro reflux.(more)
Jade and Andrew built fantastic relationships with the nurses who were reassuring and gave them confidence at every step of the way.
Mylo is now a happy and healthy 18 mth old and Jade and Andrew put it all down to the care he received at Birmingham Heartlands.
Tommy’s & Danone Baby Nutrition ‘Hero’ Award –Kate CampbellKate’s a midwife at Jessops Hospital, Sheffield. She’s also deeply passionate about pregnancy health, fitness and well-being. For 5 1/2 yrs she’s been running ‘Keep Mums Fit’ 6 times a week.(more)
Classes include ‘Buggy Boot Camp’, ‘Progressive Postnatal Programme’ and her antenatal and postnatal exercise classes for mum and baby. She always goes the extra mile - staying in touch with class members and offering personalised advice for those that want it.
Tommy’s & Persil Non Bio and Comfort Pure ‘Angel’ Award – Craig WorleyIn 2010 Craig and his wife Danni couple lost their twins, Elijah and Ethan, at 21 wks.When Danni became pregnant in 2011, Craig was there to support her every step of the way - emotionally and financially. (more)
Craig cycled 148 miles for Tommy’s with a broken arm and took Danni to Paris on the twin’s first birthday. He’s a brilliant father to their daughter Eden.
Tommy’s & Asda ‘Courage’ Award -Sam and Pete Hawkins tried for 21 yrs to have a baby and suffered 10 miscarriages. In 2008 their daughter, Jessica, was born at 23 wks. She spent 5 mths in hospital.
The couple was told she had a 5% chance of survival and a 50% chance of having a disability. She’s now thriving and will be starting school in September.
Tommy’s & Forever Friends ‘First Hug’ Award – Heidi & Ebony Stinson Ebony was born prematurely in 2012 after Heidi diagnosed with pre-eclampsia at 25 wks. A week later she developed HELLPS syndrome and Ebony was born under an emergency C-section, weighing 1.1 lb.
Heidi had to wait 3 weeks before she could hold her baby for the first time.
Tommy’s & Build-A-Bear Workshop ‘Champion Children’ Awards - Ellen Dixon, Carson Hartley & Oscar Hughes
Ellen was born at 23 weeks gestation in 2005. She spent five months in hospital and during this time she overcame countless complications, including low blood pressure and severe sepsis [a potentially deadly medical condition caused by severe infection].(more)
At seven weeks old she underwent PDA and subsequently developed a collapsed lung that hindered her breathing. At one year old she contracted pneumonia and doctors discovered another collapsed lung. A year later the pneumonia recurred, as did the collapsed lung, and Ellen spent a further three months in hospital.
Ellen was recently diagnosed with dyspraxia and is currently working hard on spending time practicing her writing and horse-riding.
27 wks into her pregnancy in 2010, Oscar’s mum was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia. Oscar was born weighing 1lb 8oz. He spent the next 18 weeks in hospital. At 4 weeks he contracted Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC) a dangerous infection. (more)
He had to undergo surgery to remove a large part of his bowel which had become infected by this. He then suffered septicemia and a bleed to the brain with doctors warning Anne-Marie and Chris that his mobility may be permanently affected. Oscar is now three years old and doing well.
Carson faced a difficult start when he was born at 27 weeks. He has recently, finally returned home after two years in Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. He has many complex needs, including a congenital heart defect, chronic lungs, and brittle bones and has previously suffered a bleed to the brain. (more)
At two years old Carson now has a respiratory tract and a vent to help his lungs work effectively, and has just started to take his first steps. Carson is being discharged home at the end of February.
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