It’s an alarming statistic that every year, 1 in 4 women lose a baby during pregnancy or birth. This devastating statistic is real life. It traumatises families in and around the UK. Tommy’s and Water Babies are partnering again this year to try and reduce this horrific statistic. They’re coming together for the Splashathon 2019 and are hoping to raise over £1 million with every pound raised going towards helping save babies’ lives.
Tommy’s the baby charity holds a very special place in my heart as they fund life-saving research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. The charity was founded back in 1992 and some of you may remember that the charity attracted the support of Anneka Rice and her ‘Challenge Anneka’ reality TV show. Anneka took on the challenge to put together a children’s tape full of songs and nursery rhymes performed by some of her celebrity friends. I remember this tape being put together and watching the TV show and I was only ten years old. It broke my heart seeing footage of poorly babies born prematurely and I wanted to do anything I could to help. With my Mom’s help (she bought the cakes!) I held an afternoon tea party with my friends from school and we raised about £30, I was so proud to fundraise for them.
Fast forward to today and it’s one of the charities I still love to support. I have never personally experienced baby loss but many of my friends have and I’ve felt so helpless as I’ve seen first hand the gut-wrenching emotional turmoil they’ve had to endure. I’m proud to be helping support this fantastic charity again this year.
What is the Splashathon?
This year Tommy’s and Water Babies have joined forces for their Splashathon event. It’s a Peppa Pig Pirates and Princesses themed swimming event and Mums, Dads and babies are encouraged to dress up, take part in the water-based fun activities and even accept the challenge to swim a width. It’s probably the first fundraising activity little ones will have taken part in so there’s even some brilliant Peppa and George pig themed prizes for fundraising and supporting such an incredible charity.
How do I take part?
If you and your little one go to Water Babies, ask your class leader how to get involved in this year’s Splashathon. If you’re not a Water Babies family, perhaps sponsor another child who is taking part? Or you can head over to the Splashathon fundraising page and donate to this amazing charity. There are lots of ways to get involved and help raise the £1m to fund important life-saving research. Why not share the Water Babies Swimming Style quiz and help spread the word about this year’s fundraising efforts?
Let’s help save babies’ lives. Make a splash, donate some cash!
Disclosure: This is an advertorial post but all thoughts are my own.