Cutting hair for The Neonatal Trust to buy chairs so babies in neonatal care and their families can benefit from Kangaroo cuddles.
Nothing can prepare you for the experience of becoming a parent; even less so when your child is born prematurely, or critically ill. Our first-born, Kathleen, was both. She slipped away shortly after birth while we sang her a lullaby.
We'll always treasure the short time we had with Kathleen, and looking back now we can see that she brought us many gifts. Key amongst these was a dramatically increased awareness of the incredible job that those involved in neonatal care do for premature and ill babies, and their families.
This was further reinforced for us when our second-born, Sophie, needed to spend her first 3 nights in a special care baby unit (SCBU) to help her overcome some respiratory difficulties due to an infection in her lungs. Again, the staff worked tirelessly and selflessly for Sophie and the other newborns - many of whom were in the midst of what would be extended stays in hospital - to ensure they all had the best start possible.
As we come up on what would have been Kathleen's 6th birthday I'm working to raise awareness of The Neonatal Trust and the fantastic work they do. As a part of this I am chopping my hair to fundraise for the purpose of new La Z Boys so neonatal families can benefit from ‘Kangaroo cuddles’. https://www.neonataltrust.org.nz/sites/default/files/uploads/KangarooCuddles_TheNeonatalTrust.pdf
The Neonatal Trust provide support to families of premature or sick full-term babies as they make their journey through neonatal care, the transition home, and onwards.
On 29th September, my first daughter/Kathleen's birthday, I will chop off more than 45cm of hair to raise awareness and funds for The Neonatal Trust.
A New Look 30 September 2015
My new haircut. It will take a bit of getting used to. Short hair brings a new meaning to 'bed hair' for me. In the past I just brushed it and tied it back. This morning it was sticking up in the air and I couldn't just tie it back! Hello fudge!
Thank you to all the awesome donors out there, and to those that can't donate but pass my message on to someone who can. You're all awesome!
Donations can be made for two more weeks.