The weather outside may have been frightful (hurry up summer!) but all SNUG news is delightful! Read on to discover what we have been up to this month and forthcoming events planned...
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July newsletter
Hello and welcome to the (slightly late; sorry we have been terribly busy bees) July newsletter!

Starting off with some brilliant news, we have had an influx of both new members and families in the neonatal unit being discharged home.
So, *drum roll....* welcome home little Evie Rose (born at 33 weeks, weighing 3lb 13oz), Evie (born at 26+6 weighing 960g), Ollie (born at 29+2 weighing 1lb 10oz), Macauly (born at 34+4 weighing 5lb 14oz) and Abel (born at 28 weeks weighing 2lb 5oz). We just know you'll thrive now you're where you belong and are looking forward to meeting you all hopefully over the coming weeks at our community meets.

Community meet
Talking of which....our ever-popular community meet is being moved forward a week this month to Thursday 6th August and to kick off the summer holidays, it will be a Teddy Bear’s Picnic. Bring along your favourite teddy bear and some picnic food and come and meet some fellow families who have been through the neonatal experience and lived to tell the tale! It will be between 13:00-15:00 in the grounds of Munchkins Day Nursery, Exeter. If the weather starts making soggy little teddy bears, we will move swiftly inside to continue our picnic and gossip!
As of September 10th our popular community meets are going to change from monthly to weekly. We were surprised (but thrilled) at how many of you told us in a recent survey that you'd like these to happen more regularly, so we have waved our magic wand and this will now be possible. If you would like more information get in touch with us.

Little Book of SNUG
One of our recent projects we have been working on is ‘The Little Book of SNUG’; a little book which will soon be available for all parents on the neonatal unit in the RD&E. As well as detailing SNUG’s services it is intended as a small introduction to the often scary world of neonatal. It has been developed in conjunction with our amazing group of parents who have given us feedback and let us know what were the important things that they felt they needed to know in their earliest days. We are so proud of our parent community; not only do they have brilliant ideas but the continuing support and empathy they offer each other and new members is so special.

SNUG Star of the month
One of the most special aspects of being involved with SNUG is the privilege of watching the journey of the babies and their parents. We first got to know Theo and his ace mum Emily while they were still in hospital. Theo was born at 23+1 weighing just 1lb 3oz. We are delighted to have Emily on board as one of our new parent buddies and to hear the fabulous news that Theo has taken his first steps at 22 months old! After difficult or early starts, many of our babies throw the rulebook out the window and do everything in their own time, but meeting babies like Theo is proof that they get there in the end and it can be all the more special for doing things their way.

We continue to be blessed with some wonderful supporters and have several thank yous this month as a result. Firstly, to our longstanding supporters Munchkins Day Nursery in Exeter who held their Summer Fair on Saturday 4th July.  As well as a really fun morning celebrating their 10 years in business (and Outstanding OFSTED accreditation!) and meeting some great local businesses, they raised £320 for us. Secondly, huge thanks to Amy Matravers who has thrown herself out an aeroplane this month in the name of fundraising.  So far she has raised £300 but is still accepting donations online if you would like to add to her efforts! Also thank you to the Teinbridge Netball League who raised us £87.
Approved Provider
Last week SNUG undertook a six hour assessment of all the aspects of our service and we are thrilled to have been given the thumbs up for national accreditation by the assessors. All the hard work we undertake is driven entirely by YOU, our lovely lot who use the service and are able to feedback what you need and how we are doing. This has enabled us to continue developing SNUG into a vibrant and busy provider supporting parents in the neonatal world and beyond. It can be a lonely world at times and we are committed to helping reduce the stress, anxiety and any resultant isolation that our families can encounter. And now a national board agrees!

This coming November SNUG will be attending the Baby Friendly confidence alongside nursing staff from the Exeter Neonatal unit. UNICEF, who coordinate the Baby Friendly Initiative, will presenting all the latest research, innovations and initiatives to over 800 delegates. The project that SNUG are submitting this year, along with the nursing staff is the the family centred care tool 'Tell Tale Tags' which are designed to support parent and nursing communication. We are waiting to hear back about whether we have been accepted as vendors.... if we are, you will all be the first to know, including details of our project which we can share soon and will be bringing to the unit! Being involved in these projects is so exciting as we are in a special position to see the direct impact that research and new initiatives have when put into practice.
Grand Vintage Ball update
We're down to the last few tables for our vintage ball. If you’re keen to make sure you get tickets you can purchase them from our website so why not grab yours before it is too late? Pay day is rolling around which is the perfect excuse... The Grand Vintage Ball is Saturday 7th November at the Roguement Hotel, Exeter and will feature not just delicious food but entertainment from the vintage-inspired cabaret act the Flaming Feathers. At just £35, tickets are an absolute bargain including a three course meal and loads of Prohibition themed fun.

And don’t forget, if you want to get in touch to access the service or simply tell us how well your little one is doing or ask a question, you can get in touch over at our Facebook page or Twitter. Over and out!
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