TOGETHERDOM IN THE COMMUNITY
At Togetherdom, we believe that businesses should make money, but they also must do good. We aim to weave support for local charities/projects and broader social responsibility into our DNA. Being a business that thrives on making the local connection, we want to utilise our provider and demander network to lead the choice of the causes that we support.
This summer, we are delighted to be able to support an extremely worthy cause, based locally in Kent, to kick off our activities. Please find below details of an event that we are supporting and raising awareness for. If you are in the area, we do hope you can make it!
The Little Heroes need you!
By Kirsty Gill
Family Fundraising Event
Sunday 13th August 2017
Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent
A whopping 95,000 babies born each year need specialist hospital care….and in 2014 my little hero was one of them.
On 18th December, after 2 days of the hospital trying to stop my contractions, our baby boy Zach was born at only 29 week’s, weighing just over 3lbs.
Unable to survive on his own, he was immediately handed into the care of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) who, quite literally, saved our little boy’s life – but the 6 ½ week journey of bringing Zach home was still a long one.
It was through the expert care of the NICU team and their facilities that we have our son with us today
As a family,we owe a huge debt of gratitude to all at the NICU and so, for the 3rd year now, we are holding our annual “Local Little Heroes” fundraiser to raise money for both the Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Trust who cared for Zach and supported us as parents, as well as the 800 other babies they look after every year at a cost of around £1500 per baby PER DAY.
We are also supporting Bliss, the charity for babies born premature or sick who provide UK wide neonatal support (https://www.bliss.org.uk ).
A journey through a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a life changing experience. You witness sights and you hear sounds that you wish you could erase from your memory, but at all times there is support around you. Support from the medical team and front desk friendly faces every day, support from the people on the end of the phone or from the other new Mummies and Daddies you meet in the parent’s room. They all become an extension of your family.
This year, Zach and his friends (including many other NICU Graduates) are going to be completing a walk at Mote Park, followed by a picnic and raffle to help raise money for the wonderful organisations that provide the services they do – we are so incredibly lucky to have them.
The walk will be started this year by our littlest Fighter Adalyn Poad who was born at only 25 weeks and really had the odds stacked against her.
We are thrilled to have Addy and her family join us to celebrate how far she has come.
We will also be taking a moment to reflect on the ‘Angel babies’ that sadly were unable to complete their NICU journey. It’s absolutely critical that funds continue to go towards research, continuing to ensure the best equipment is to hand and that families are provided the support they need through this devastating time.
Please share the event with your friends and families as you are all welcome to join us! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are coming so we can keep a track on numbers. If you find it difficult to make it on the day then we would very much value your support at:
Look forward to seeing you there!
Kirsty, proud Mum of a Local Little Hero