Earlier this month, Pampers and Unicef came together to launch their new Every Parent’s Dream campaign. I was so disappointed that I couldn’t make this event due to children’s appointments but I still wanted to share some of this information with you all.
Emma Bunton is working with Pampers and Unicef to help support this important campaign, and the 10 babies posing with Emma below represent the 10 countries in which the campaign has helped to eliminate Maternal and Newborn Tetanus
The concept is really simple. For every specially marked pack sold, Pampers will be donating 1 vaccine. Every parent’s dream, wherever they are in the world, is for a healthy start in life for their baby. Maternal and Newborn Tetanus is a disease which is so easily preventable with the right vaccines yet every year 58,000 babies are still dying from this, which is just heart breaking.
As well as giving one vaccine for every pack of nappies. Pampers are also giving one vaccine for every view of their YouTube videos explaining about the campaign, so please do take a couple of minutes to watch this short video below showing just how important these vaccines are.
I recently heard about a new mobile phone provider Donate Mobile. It’s exactly like the usual mobile phone providers but with the massive plus that 10% of your bill will go to support any charity of your choice. This is a great idea, as it makes it easy to support charity on the go and over the year I’m sure this 10% would all add up!
You might wonder whether the donation would cause your phone bill to be much more expensive than the other networks (I will admit, this did cross my mind) but it’s not the case – as they actually price match Orange, O2, Vodaphone, T-mobile or 3! This is brilliant. I am currently on 3 but now really thinking of switching over to donate mobile, as my fixed contract has ended long ago and is just rolling over every month. If I can pay the same amount, and at the same time support charity then it seems to be an obvious decision!
The charity I would choose to support is the National Portage Association. This is a brilliant charity supporting pre-school aged children with additional needs and their families. They offer a home visiting service, set up playgroups for children with additional needs, offer signing courses, work with the Early Bird Autism Early intervention course, support children’s transition into nurseries, give help and support in practical matters like filling in DLA forms and statementing applications… and so much more. These are just a few of the ways in which they have helped our family, and I’m sure there are many more ways they are helping other children. As this charity helped our family a lot, it would be great to give back just a little bit with my phone bill each month.
With Donate Mobile, you can get a plan with a phone, or a sim-only plan, or even pay as you go. I would probably go for a Talk ‘n’ give 1000 plan as I use my phone a lot and I want unlimited texts. This would be …
Talk ‘N’ Give 1000
…. which means my chosen charity would receive £3.10 every month, which would be £37.20 in a year. This may not be a massive amount but I have previously done a challenge on my blog where I had a £30 budget to spend on my charity of choice (Portage) and I did manage to get quite a few resources within that price, which I know were appreciated.
I feel that not that many people have heard of Portage, unless they do have a child with additional needs in their family. As it is not a very high profile charity, they don’t have a massive budget so any small amount can make a difference.
Action Medical Research are a charity funding medical research to help some of the UK’s sickest babies and children, focusing on the search for answers to prevent childhood diseases and illness associated with pre-mature birth. You can read more about them here, including about their sucesses and their history.
Action Medical Research have helped to fund the research to help many babies and children over the last 60 years, including Sophie Fleet who was starved of Oxygen at birth and was treated with a revolutionary new cooling therapy which saved her from Brain Damage. You can watch for more info about her amazing story here:
To help raise awareness and raise funds, every Summer Action Medical Research run Bring your Bear events up and down the country. This is a great idea to raise awareness in a fun way!
There are lots of fun bear related activities on the website too, to help you out if you need further inspiration to help run your Bring Your Bear day or event.
Here’s Mr Z doing one of the book mark making activities which I printed off the website.
Matilda Mae, the beautiful baby daughter of Jennie from Edspire, sadly died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome on February 2nd 2013, at 9 months old.
This is such a tragic loss, and I wish there was more that any of us could do to help. The least we can do is to show our support for the Lullaby Trust who are working to make the future brighter for more babies by funding research into SIDS.
Tots100 are running an auction in memory of Matilda Mae to raise money for the Lullaby trust. You can read more about it here. The auction is anticipated to raise more than £3,500 for the charity.
The listings can be found here. All prizes are brand new and will be sent direct to winners and due to volume of prizes, new listings were still being added yesterday so there are still lots of chances to grab a bargain. Listings will be ending tomorrow and each day for the next few days so please do have a look before it ends.
Matilda Mae was such a beautiful little girl and clearly so loved and cherished. Jennie I am so so sorry for your loss.
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