The annual Bliss Buggy Push through Bradley Stoke’s Three Brooks Local Nature Reserve takes place on Saturday (1st August), raising funds to help care for babies born prematurely at Southmead Hospital.
The event was started in 2012 by Kerry Robinson, whose inspiration for drawing attention to Bliss came from her birth experience with daughter Amber, who was born prematurely but is now very happy and healthy. Kerry says she received support from the charity, which included a pack and lots of helpful information, and she wanted to raise money for Bliss because “it is the UK charity working to provide the best possible care and support for premature babies and their families.”
One in nine babies in the UK is born either prematurely or sick, and the care they receive after birth is vital. Bliss provides advice and support to families in need of such care through its helplines and community groups.
This year’s event starts at 10am from the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road BS32 8HL. The Fledglings Bliss Family Group (for families of children who spent time on the neonatal unit) will be running in the centre whilst the buggy push is in progress and everyone is welcome to join them for refreshments afterwards. A raffle will also be held, with prizes including a Trunki suitcase and a Tesco Hudl 2.
People are welcome to join the walk without buggies too. For more information, please see the Bliss Bristol page on Facebook or e-mail Kerry at kerryrobinson AT hotmail.co.uk.
To make an online donation to the charity or set up your own fundraising page, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/Blissbuggypushbristol2015
Photo: Start of the Bliss Buggy Push in 2013.
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