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World Prematurity Day 2021

Wednesday 17th November

This year we are proud to be supporting World Prematurity Day, and to be raising money for Bliss - the leading UK charity for babies born premature or sick.

Find out what we're doing, and how to get involved below. Everyone can get involved, whether your child is attending Stepping Stones or not.

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DRESS UP DAY

 

It's dress up day at Stepping Stones! Pay £1 to dress up as your favourite superhero, or wear the colour purple for the day. No need to hunt for cash - you can pop your £1 on the JustGiving page (please add your name as reference). If your child doesn't attend Stepping Stones please feel free to join in too - and even better, send us a picture of your outfit!

ONLINE CAKE SALE

 

Pre-order your treats online and use the JustGiving page to pay - all money goes directly to Bliss. We will have a selection of goodies for to choose from including brownies, cookies and cupcakes. Collection from Stepping Stones on Wednesday 17th November (9.15am - 3pm), or choose local delivery on the form.

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DONATE A GIFT TO WARWICK SCBU

 

Do you have an unwanted box of chocolate or biscuits around? Or would you like to pop one in the trolley next time you're doing the shop? We will be collecting gifts to deliver to Warwick SCBU this Christmas for parents whose babies have been born over the Christmas period. A small token like this can make a big difference to parents who find themselves in SCBU, especially over Christmas. During the week, Stepping Stones children will also be making gift tags to attach to these gifts.

Please drop off your donations to Stepping Stones by Friday 19th November or contact us to arrange collection.

BUY A BRACELET

 

We will have a limited number of bracelets to celebrate World Prematurity Day to purchase. Order online and pay via the JustGiving page. Each bracelet costs £1 and all money will go directly to Bliss. Collection from Stepping Stones or choose local delivery on the form. We will aim to get these to you before Wednesday 17th November. Image coming soon.

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WHY WE'RE SUPPORTING BLISS

Every 5 minutes, a baby is admitted to neonatal care in the UK. Bliss champion their right to receive the best care by supporting families, campaigning for change and supporting professionals, and enabling life-changing research.

At Stepping Stones, we have a personal reason for supporting Bliss. We have seen many children who have received neonatal care pass through our doors, and currently have 2 children attending who have spent an extended period of time in neonatal care.

 

Elsie was born at 26 weeks November 2017 and spent 14 weeks in neonatal care in UHCW and Warwick SCBU. She was finally discharged on her due date - more than 3 months after she was born. You can watch Elsie's story below. 

 

George also spent time in neonatal care when he was born at 32 weeks. Born weighing 3lb 13oz, he spent 4 weeks in the Neonatal unit at Warwick Hospital. He was discharged once he was able to feed properly without relying on being tube fed. 

Thank you for supporting Stepping Stones, Bliss and Warwick SCBU.

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George at one week old

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