Big Give raises £114,000 in a week

Our incredible supporters exceeded our £100,000 target in the Big Give fundraising appeal, making a huge contribution toward our vital research and specialist care to help bring an end to preventable pregnancy complications and baby loss.

Last month we took part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge to raise essential funds to support our work funding ground-breaking research so more families can take home a healthy baby.  

Big Give is one of the UK’s largest philanthropic efforts, with public donations made through the Big Give matched by a ‘champion funder’. Tommy’s champion was The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust.  

To highlight the devastating impact of baby loss and the lifesaving difference research can make, Hannah and Darren from Manchester shared their story for this year’s campaign. The couple sadly lost their baby, Billy, due to a rare condition, Chronic histiocytic intervillositis (CHI), in 2016. Following their loss, they were referred to the Tommy’s Rainbow Clinic at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester for pioneering treatment.  

CHI is a serious condition in which the immune system reacts abnormally to pregnancy, damaging the placenta in the womb, which can prevent babies from growing as they should. Led by Prof Alex Heazell at Manchester, our team have been working hard understand more about the causes of CHI so that we can better identify, manage and prevent it. 

Under the care and treatment of our team, Hannah and Darren have had two successful pregnancies which led to the birth of Ozzy and Daisy.   

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“I can genuinely say that, without Tommy’s, neither Ozzy or Daisy would be here in my arms.”

— Hannah

We would like to thank everyone who donated and supported the campaign, helping us exceed our £100k target by raising an amazing £113,705. 

Tommy’s is one of the top funders of pregnancy research in the UK, but we rely entirely on voluntary income to carry out our work. This fundraising will have a huge impact on the lives of many families like Hannah and Darren by helping us to continue to fund research breakthroughs which will help many more families take home a healthy baby.  

Shana Vashti, Tommy’s Head of Individual Giving and Engagement , said:

Thank you everyone who supported the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022!  So many of our community stepped up to help and donate.  And the money raised through the campaign will do so much good in our work to save babies’ lives. 

You can support our vital lifesaving work with a donation here.  

Image shows Hannah and Darren on the sofa of their home with a baby on their lap and toddler standing, all (except baby!) smiling for the camera.
Hannah and Darren with Ozzy and Daisy