Babies going home, project news and some very big thank yous
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Welcome our Winter round up!

We might be a bit late with "Happy New Year" but we wanted to share all our latest bits of news and thank yous whilst waiting for the seasons to change (and the pancakes to cook).

Home Sweet Home.
We'll kick off with some of the best news.... babies getting to go home! We are so delighted for the families of Amelia (born at 28 weeks), Layla (born at 29 weeks) and twins Lena and Nela (born at 30 weeks) who have all been discharged in early 2017 and are absolutely blossoming at home now.
Seeing families getting to walk out the neonatal unit with their precious bundles is one of the greatest priviledges of sharing a parent's journey and we can't wait to catch up with many of you in the community soon. 

Fabulous Volunteers.
At the start of the year, we were very sad to say goodbye to one of our volunteers, Rachel, who has been quietly helping to man our active Facebook forum once a week for the past year and a bit. Rachel has mucked in with all things SNUG and been a pillar of support for many parents, not to mention the rest of the SNUG team. We are very sorry indeed to see her go, but wish her all the best.
Whilst we wave goodbye, we also welcome in our newest volunteer Gemma who will be taking over the Facebook forum. Gemma has immediately settled into the role alongside our volunteer Kandie, who has been with us a few months now, and we are so chuffed to have both fabulous ladies working with us.
One of our longstanding volunteers and supporters, Kate, who has worked passionately with us for the past few years, is about to take on new responsibilities by expanding her work to joining the hospital team to be able to give face to face support to brand new parents on the neonatal unit. We just know she's going to be brilliant at this and can't wait to have her in action.

Thank yous
Where do we start?! SNUG have been incredibly lucky thanks to the wonderful people who support us, and the past few months have been no exception. 
Firstly an enormous thank you to SNUG member Kate, proud mama to Cooper, who donated a whopping £500 to us.
Next up, thank you to our member Charly's mum, grandma to the adorable Ollie who donated £200 at Christmas! Donations make SUCH a big difference and ensure we can continue running our support services.
During the festive period, once again our group members and their friends and family helped us conduct the annual SNUG raffle. We cannot thank everyone enough for their efforts and are delighted to announce it raised £400. Yippee!
And last, but not least, SNUG have been fortunate to have been one of the chosen charities that have been supported by Jill Dixon and her sisters Sue, Alison and Angie. They have now completed their fundraising for us and their last coffee morning raised just over £640 for us. That is a LOT of cake and we are so grateful to have had their support throughout 2016.

Little Victories Charts
Just before Christmas, SNUG sent out samples of the Little Victories Charts to neonatal units all over the UK – we have already been bowled over by the replies of other units interested in using them on their own units. If you work on a neonatal unit or run a support group for neonatal parents and are interested or would like to know more, then please get in touch for the pricing plan and for further information. We have a number of packages, starting from trial packs right up to a design personalised especially for your unit.

Coffee mornings
Christmas might now feel like another age now, but we couldn't let the newsletter slip away without saying a massive thank you to all the mummies, daddies, babies, nurses and consultants who came to the festive coffee mornings in the RD&E.
Our coffee mornings and meet ups are an important part of SNUG, helping neonatal parents connect to other local families who know what they are going through. If you have been through neonatal care in the past two years and are looking to make new friends or just find a listening ear and some cake, why not get in touch with us. 

Parent Experiences
One of the things we are most committed to here at SNUG, is being able to feedback parent experiences to enable all future admissions to neonatal to be as family centred and low-stress as possible. Just before Christmas, some of our wonderful members filled out a survey around their experiences as new parents, both whilst in and after leaving hospital, and we are delighted that some parents have already agreed to take part in focus groups held in Children's Centres in the coming months. All this information and input will be shared (anonymously) with health care professionals to ensure that there is an improved and more realistic understanding of what neonatal families have been through, how best to support them and how they may be feeling.

Over and out,

team SNUG x

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