Welcome to the festive edition of the SNUG newsletter!
Well the weather outside is frightful, but at SNUG HQ we’re just delightful…
Welcome to a bumper addition of the SNUG Christmas Newsletter!
Home Sweet Home
We’ll kick off with the sort of best news which really trumps any other… after spending time on the NNU we are delighted that several babies we are humbled to have got to know have been discharged just in time to partake in festive celebrations at home. Isaac (born as a holiday surprise in Malta at 26 weeks weighing 970g and transferred back to Devon when he had grown bigger and stronger), Henry (born at 41+6 weeks), Owen (born at 28+1) and most recently little Tabitha (born at 30+1 weeks weighing 3lb 12oz). We wish them all the very best!
World Prematurity Day
Thank you to everyone who liked, commented and shared our World Prematurity Day posts over on our Facebook and Twitter on November 17th. World Prematurity Day is a chance to both raise awareness of the plight of the 15 million babies born before 37 weeks worldwide; it also is a chance to go beyond the numbers and statistics and really focus on the individual babies and their incredible stories. Thanks hugely to all the families who gave us permission to share their experiences and images! World Prematurity Day also saw the launch of our latest campaign which leads us neatly to…
…Comfort Bag Campaign
Kicked off on World Prematurity Day and still running, we are offering the chance to sponsor a comfort bag! For every £5 donated, we are able to put together these little bags which go out to the parents of every baby admitted to the neonatal unit in the RD&E. We would love to expand this to other neonatal units in Devon and to ensure this scheme is a long term one, but need your help. These bags are not just a token of practicality for parents who are likely to have been admitted in an emergency but are also a gesture that they are not alone. To donate click here or press the “shop now” button on our Facebook page.
Charity of the Year
And lastly, if you are the owner of a business or your company receives nominations of local causes to support, why not put SNUG forward? 2015 has been a wildly busy year for us with lots of new projects and ideas popping up and 2016 promises to be even busier, but we absolutely rely on the support of fundraisers and sponsorship to be able to develop and keep working on our peer support services amongst other things. We will of course keep you updated with all the news as it happens, but are very excited about the direction that SNUG is going in.
Star Baby of the Month
This month, our star baby is little Rory who was born at 25+4 weeks and is speeding towards his first birthday. After a very rocky start, Rory has been absolutely thriving at home with his family and despite setbacks he is always full of smiles and determined to get stuck in. He has been a regular at our community meets and we are simply humbled to see him grow up and develop, week after week. Rory isn’t just a star baby but also his mummy Anna is a very, very brilliant superstar. She shared her emotional story with us on World Prematurity Day and also donated the profits of any orders placed that day from her clothing business Anna Bandanna.
Anna makes gorgeous pieces with sizes starting from 3lb as she knew only too well how hard it can be to find funky teeny tiny clothes!
Huge thanks also to her brother Charles whom kindly donated a fabulous prize of a dinner at Bayard’s Cove for our Grand Vintage Ball’s Silent Auction which raised an amazing £250 (more on the Grand Vintage Ball further down).
Thank you to all; we are so happy to have you in our SNUG family.
Our annual Christmas party has rolled around super-fast! Join us THIS FRIDAY, that is December 4th in the conference rooms at the RD&E Women’s Health Centre. The party is between 10am-12pm and will involve food (yum), a raffle raising extra pennies for bits and bobs on the neonatal unit, the chance to reconnect with any staff from the NNU we can tempt down and also a visit from the big man himself, Father Christmas. Please come along with all your festive cheer and neonatal graduates; fancy dress is more than welcome! All we ask is that as we will have some small and vulnerable babies present, please think twice if you have a cold or other illness. We all love Christmas and the chance to catch up but as many of our parents know, even a sniffle can spell trouble for some children. Join our Facebook event here and do tag any friends who may not be connected so they don’t miss out!
We are very proud of Karen Read and Louise Rattenbury from the RD&E who have just come back from being speakers at the UNICEF Baby Friendly Conference in Harrogate, who spoke about changes both implemented and planned to focus on family centred care in the RD&E and how small changes makes huge changes to the wellbeing of parents and babies. You can read this article written in advance and for Twitter users, you can track the archived live feed from the conference using the hashtag #bfconf. Our A-team were speaking on day 1 and we have tried to retweet their key points on our own Twitter feed for people to catch up with!
Grand Vintage Ball
A massive thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Grand Vintage Ball on 7th November and also enormous thanks to all our amazing volunteers who made it happen and worked tirelessly behind the scenes.
We couldn’t have been happier with how the night went; there were so many fun things and so many fabulous costumes. If you haven’t checked out the photo gallery at Responsive Photography, do so now before the link expires on Saturday 5th December.
We are simply delighted to announce that the total raised from the Ball has finally been counted and verified at... £5,000!
All Things Munchkins
A huge thank you to Munchkins Day Nursery in Exeter for their continued support of SNUG. Not only were they a key sponsor for our Grand Vintage Ball but they also raised an additional £90 for us at their Bonfire Night. Next Friday is their Christmas Fete from between 4:30pm – 6.30pm. They have Father Christmas dropping in between his gathering of all the children’s letters and real reindeer. There will also be some fun Christmas fete games, hot drinks and mince pies. It sounds amazing fun, so do drop in if you are local or simply fancy meeting Rudolph in the flesh!
Other thank you mentions
Thank you to the Gibbons Trust for their grant of £500 towards running costs of SNUG. We are such busy bees behind the scenes so it has been very welcome.
Have a BRILLIANT December and we hope to see many of you at the Christmas party this Friday!