#FOLLOWFRIDAY – Charities

This weeks Follow Friday blog will be dedicated to bringing some awareness around the unbelievable selfless work that these charities continue to do each day.  Some work under the radar with people never knowing just how invaluable these unsung heroes really are to our communities. They help hundreds of people , maybe even thousands , maybe even hundred of thousands of people each year. So I just wanted to let you know about the work some of these superstars do and bring some awareness to what they do incase you or anyone you know could maybe be looking for a little bit of support at the moment or even in the future.

 

SIMBA

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“Pregnancy can be one of the most wondrous experiences for a woman. Many women bond with their babies early on in pregnancy, especially when they feel the baby’s first movements and their own bodies begin to show the first signs of the life inside of them. When a woman loses a baby during pregnancy and around the time of birth it can be a very traumatic experience for her, her partner and others close to them.

SiMBA has been supported in its fund raising efforts by many individuals, organisations and businesses. The families who have suffered the loss of a baby have been instrumental in their support and SiMBA endeavour to be ‘reactive’ to their needs. SiMBA was founded by a team of dedicated individuals in October 2005 in response to the needs of those affected by the loss of a baby during pregnancy or close to the time of birth. SiMBA was officially registered as a Scottish Charity in 2007.”

( Taken from https://www.simbacharity.org.uk/what-we-do/ )

Phone 0131 353 0055 / Email enquiries@simbacharity.org.uk

 

Chris’s House

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“Chris’s House stands for ‘Centre of Help, Response and Intervention Surrounding Sui-cide’ and has been set up to offer a safe environment where people in crisis may have a respite from their current unwellness, by finding refuge in Chris’s House and involve-ment in an individually tailored programme to offer support and respite through their journey.We will work in partnership with other established agencies to offer the best possible care.

Our guests will be assigned to a volunteer who will develop a strong rapport with the guest to help them through the crisis and support them to counter depression, negative and despairing thoughts and exchange reasons for dying with reasons for living. We truly listen to our guests and offer them as much input into their journey as possible. Its your care you deserve to be listened to.”

(Taken from http://www.chrisshouse.org/about-us/)

Phone: 01236 766755  / e-mail: info@chrisshouse.org

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chriss.house/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chrisshouse.org/

 

 

Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity

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“Founded in 2001, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity (formerly known as Yorkhill Children’s Charity) was established to support children and their families treated at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children – Yorkhill. For more than 100 years, the children’s hospital in Glasgow has been caring for babies, children and young people from across Scotland and beyond.

Since the first children’s hospital opened in 1882, Glasgow has played a pioneering role in the treatment of children, and the advancement of global child healthGenerations of families experienced the love and compassion of the staff who cared for them in Yorkhill, and Yorkhill still holds a special place in the hearts of everyone who passed through its doors. With your ongoing support, Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity can continue working tirelessly to ensure that our young patients receive the extra special care they deserve at Scotland’s largest children’s hospital.”

(Taken from https://www.glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org/about-us/history )

Phone: 0141 212 8750 / Email: info@glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GCH_Charity

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gch_charity/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GlasgowChildrensHospitalCharity/

 

Kicks Count

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“Kicks Count aims to reduce the UK’s high stillbirth and neonatal death rate by raising awareness of baby movements. In the UK, 9 babies are stillborn every single day. Despite 2017 seeing the lowest stillbirth rate since records began, 1 in every 225 births ends in stillbirth. Croatia, Poland and Czech Republic all have better stillbirth rates than UK. Around a third of stillbirths happen after 37 weeks, when the baby is deemed full term. There is a common misconception that stillbirths only happen in high-risk pregnancies or when there is a known problem. However, stillbirth can affect any mum at any time.

While there isn’t one cause of stillbirth, a decrease in foetal movement can be a key warning sign that a baby is in distress and early delivery could save nearly a third of stillborn babies. When the baby is being deprived of oxygen he or she will slow their movements to conserve oxygen. Cord compression, a failing placenta, or a high intake of smoke may all lead to reduced movements and could be potentially fatal.  By raising awareness of baby’s movements and encouraging mums to report any change in movement immediately it is estimated that a third of stillbirths could be prevented.”

(Taken from https://www.kickscount.org.uk/our-mission)

Phone:01483 600828 / Email: info@kickscount.org.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KicksCount

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kicks.count/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kickscount/

 

Tommy’s

“We are the largest charity funding research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. We also provide information for parents-to-be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and baby.

We are supported by people who refuse to accept that a baby’s death is just ‘one of those things’. The people who support us want to do something about the lack of research and information around pregnancy issues. Like us, they believe every parent has the right to a healthy pregnancy and baby. Our target is to halve the number of babies that die during pregnancy or birth by 2030. We fund four research centres in the UK that investigate causes and find treatments for miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

Our research centres also have clinics where we provide specialised antenatal care for women who are at high risk of having miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth. They also have an opportunity to be part of our research through taking part in trials for pioneering new treatments. They are under the care of a team of people who have a huge amount of knowledge, experience and understanding of the psychological effects of pregnancy loss. Together with our teams of scientists and clinicians, they are helping us provide the evidence that will make antenatal care better for all.”

(Taken from https://www.tommys.org/our-organisation/about-us)

Phone: 020 7398 3400 / Email:  mailbox@tommys.org

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Tommys_baby

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tommys_thebabycharity/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tommys/

 

 

I have only included the 5 charities I feel have really struck a chord with me this last year but there are many more fantastic ones currently working to make this world a little better each day and i hope to bring you another Charity blog soon featuring some more. But thank you for taking the time to read and these of course are only little snippets of the life changing work these organizations do so please click on the links attached to each one for further information or how you help by donating , fundraising or volunteering.  Lets help spread the word!

 

 

As Always For Francesca & Leo xxx

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