When we run awareness campaigns and fundraising activity it's not uncommon for personal journeys and connections to become apparent. We're privileged to currently have the support of The Body Shop with their in store 'Action Stations'. This activity uncovered a very real connection for the manager of the Nelson store.
As written by mum, Jolene
Just want to say I am so happy we are supporting The Neonatal Trust. This charity is very close to my heart. I have experienced first-hand the amazing support they give families in a overwhelming and stressful time.
My gorgeous son Tai was born at 25 weeks and weighed 2lb. Having a baby so premature means most mums are not ready mentally or physically to have a baby and the experience ahead. For myself, I gave birth to Tai in Nelson hospital and was then rushed to Wellington where we stayed for 2 months.
The Neonatal Trust gave me so much support being away from my home and family. They supported me through being so overwhelmed with having a sick baby, all the drips, cords, medical terms and all the beeps. There are so many beeps, they always made me jump. The Neonatal Trust had morning teas where I met a lot of other families going through the same situation. They provided courses so I learnt how to change nappies, feeding and caring for Tai in an incubator. This helped strengthen the bond between us as it was two weeks before I got to hold Tai for the first time, after that I got to hold Tai once a day. This is where I spent many hours on the La-Z-Boy chairs doing Kangaroo cuddles with Tai.
I always remember a lady from the Neonatal Trust saying to me that 'we're blessed because instead of feeling our babies growing inside of us, we get to watch our babies grow and develop from the outside and that's a real blessing'.
The Neonatal Trust definitely deserve all the help we can give them.
** Thanks for sharing your story Jolene***
If you would like to discuss sharing the story of your neonatal journey, we'd love to hear from you. Please email email@example.com
The Neonatal Trust is very proud and thankful to have the support of The Body Shop.
Their supportive approach should come as no surprise, given the drive and ethos they have had from their founder:
"The business of business should not just be about money, it should be about responsibility. It should be about public good not private greed."
Dame Anita Roddick. Human Rights Activist. Founder of The Body Shop
The Neonatal Trust is very proud and thankful to have the support of The Body Shop
Interested in how The Neonatal Trust supports families going through the stress and anxiety of a neonatal journey?
Here’s a gallery of support examples.
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