What a busy year it’s shaping up to be already with a number of our groups kicking off again in February. On 1 February we held the first of our Coffee Confidential coffee groups with Ariella Bond (Social Worker) and Lara Mulgrew (Registered Psychotherapist) chatting with some of our ex-NICU Mums helping them to work through their NICU journey and the transition home. And last Thursday our Developmental Playgroup had a fantastic turnout of Mums and babies getting together with our team of Kathryn and Janet. These groups provide a vital outlet for our families after their time in NICU/SCBU, a safe space for them to meet with families who have been through similar experiences so do feel free to pass on the attached info to any families.
The next coffee group will be on 1 March and the developmental playgroup is held every other Thursday, so the next one is 7 March followed by 14 March.
Kangaroo Cuddle belts for hire for $20, these belts which are perfect for Mums to use when having skin-to-skin cuddles with their baby and we’ve even got some for twins to use when having twin cuddles. We’ll be taking a $20 bond and a $20 hire fee for up to three months hire.
Neonatal Trust Chiller Bags and Water Bottles – to encourage our Mums to stay hydrated and to keep their breastmilk chilled we’ve had some bags and bottle made up with our logo which are now for sale in the shop
As for fundraising, the year started off well with Katie Salter running a marathon in Maui in 3h 48m, finishing third in her age group. She said that given the heat it was a tough run but the course was stunning and seeing whales along the way was inspirational The funds from this will enable us to support the flights and accommodation for one of the keynote speakers for this year’s COINN conference.
Hamilton Children’s Day Carnival 2019
Come and say hello to The Neonatal Trust team in Waikato at the Hamilton Children’s Day Carnival on Saturday 2 March.
We will have our display incubator on site, some winter woolies for sale, a fun art activity for children and information and stories to share about prematurity, and we would love to see you!
Organised by the Hamilton Children and Families Trust, the carnival will take place in Garden Place , Central Hamilton on Saturday 2 March 2019 from 10am-2pm. There will be lots of fun activities, including, rides, facepainting, Chalkfest, sports activities, entertainment, cultural performances and more! Entry is free, and free busses will also be available to bring you into town on the day.
For more details see their facebook here
Winter is coming!
With the first of the cooler weather beginning to be felt, it is the time of year when we start thinking about keeping warm during the colder months, and few of us more so than parents of premature and sick babies. There is a wealth of information available on the health and wellbeing benefits of knitting and crochet for those wanting to get crafty, and on the health benefits to babies of wearing of wool clothing. If you belong to a knitting, crochet or creative fiber group, or you simply want to give it a go, we gratefully accept donations of knitted items.
Right now we have loads of hats and booties, but we could really do with more singlets for layering up, and small buggy/ bassinet/ cot sized blankets. If you are just starting out and a whole blanket sounds daunting, don’t fret! if you want to give knitted squares, or crochet granny squares a go, we’ll happily take those too and stitch them together with others to make patchwork blankets!
Please remember that items do need to be wool or natural fibers, as acrylic does not breathe, and if knitting garments, please use a stretchy cast on and cast off – thank you!
NICU Coffee Group:
Our next coffee catch up is on Wednesday 6th March from 10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. at the Southern Cross Cafe and Garden Bar in Abel Smith Street. We have our usual front lounge area reserved and we will provide a platter of muffins and scones so we just ask that you purchase your own coffee when you arrive.
SCBU Coffee Group:
Our next coffee catch up is on Friday 15th March from 10.00 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. at the Columbus Cafe in Mitre 10 Mega, Upper Hutt (please note the new venue this year). We will provide a platter of muffins and scones so we just ask that you purchase your own coffee when you arrive.
Our Next Fundraiser – Side by Side by Sondheim at Circa Theatre:
We have a block booking made under The Neonatal Trust on two different nights:
Saturday 9th March at 8.00 p.m.
Thursday 14th March at 6.30 p.m.
Adults: $45.00 (usual Adult price is $52.00)
Under 25 years: $25.00 (suitable for 10 years of age and older)
The Neonatal Trust Shop, Level 4 just inside NICU, Wellington Hospital (eft/pos and cash option)
or you can pay on-line:
The Neonatal Trust Wellington
Bank Account Number: 12-3223-0019730-01
Please make sure you put your name as a reference and which date you want to attend. On-line tickets will be available to collect on the night from the Circa Theatre Box Office.
2019/20 Entertainment Books:
We are once again selling Entertainment Books for all regions in New Zealand and Australia. For more information, please go to the following link where we are taking pre-sales. Hard copies of the books should be available by the end of March.