Tommy's news, 16/12/2016
Tommy’s was set up in 1992 by two paediatricians from St Thomas’ Hospital London who were frustrated that they were unable to give women more answers about why they had lost their baby.
Shortly after it’s beginning, Anneka Rice took on the task of making a children’s tape for Tommy’s on her reality show Challenge Anneka.
The challenge was to complete this tape in time for the long anticipated homeward journey of premature baby Danielle Healy as a going home gift.
Anneka called in favours from her celebrity friends around London and the final tape boasts names such as Joanne Lumley, Philip Schofield and Right Said Fred!
The tape has become something of a family favourite with many of you getting in touch to ask us where you can get your hands on a copy.
Tommy’s supporter Terry Harding got in touch to say:
‘The tape was a saviour when our kids were young and we were travelling in the car. Our daughter has never forgotten it and is really keen to have this for her daughter in turn! We can give them a great surprise for Christmas now.’
With wonderful titles from Hush Little Baby to the Jabberwocky, this piece of Tommy’s history has turned into something of a timeless classic. And thanks to the technology that enables us to move tracks from cassette to mp3, it really is timeless!
We wish you happy listening from all here at Tommy’s x
Clinical Director of Tommy’s Preterm Surveillance Clinic Professor Andy Shennan says the clinic will continue to support families and babies born too soon this Christmas.
'I know it’s silly, really: there is no actual difference between 23:59 on December 31 and 00:01 on January 1...'
Blogger Leigh from Headspace Perspective writes an insightful and touching piece about the challenges of letting go of a year in which you've lost a baby.
Al from The Dad Network talks to us about how recurrent miscarriage has made he and his wife stronger. They’re preparing to celebrate this Christmas as a family and focus on being grateful for what they have.
'Christmas is a time of cheer, of celebration and happiness. But what if your heart doesn't match this ideal?'
Blogger Michelle who writes at Dear Orla, writes about pregnancy after loss this festive season.
This unique Preterm Surveillance Clinic – funded by Tommy's as part of our research in St Thomas' Hospital, London, has won an NHS Innovation Challenge Prize, for its success in reducing the number of premature births in South East London.
Tommy’s prematurity research centre in London is based at St Thomas’ Hospital, where the charity first began. Opened in 1995, it is the first Maternal and Fetal Research Unit in the UK.