What is Sensathon?
Tommy's will once again be partnering with Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense to host a wild west themed Yee-Ha! Sensathon; where babies, toddlers and their parents came together to raise money for Tommy’s.
Sensathon will take place in Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense classes nationwide during May 2020. As this will be the first fundraising event that many of the little ones have ever done, it is set to be a pretty special event! We are challenging little ones to dress up in their best cowboy and cowgirl outfits and complete 6 special challenges in a wild west themed Sensathon.
Sensathon is a really fun experience for all involved, but there is an important reason behind it too. Although 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth, most parents never find out why. In most cases healthcare professionals simply do not know why it has happened. We need more research to find the answers.
So every mum, dad and baby taking part are helping other babies who aren't as lucky. And every pound raised, will help to save babies’ lives. To find out more about Tommy’s life-saving work, please watch our video below:
How will the money be spent?
1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss or preterm birth - and most parents never find out the real reason why.
Tommy’s has found that 71% of parents are not told why their baby died during pregnancy or was born prematurely. Not knowing why leaves couples feeling alone, powerless and full of worry for future pregnancies.
Tommy’s believes that parents deserve answers. As well as ending the cycle of self-blame and guilt, this will improve understanding of the biological processes at work and tackle the common myth that baby loss or preterm birth is ‘just one of those things’ and, therefore, cannot be prevented.
£400,000 could fund a Tommy’s research centre for 1 year to provide the answers parents so desperately need and save more babies’ lives.
Everyone who takes part in Sensathon is encouraged to wear a wild west themed fancy dress costume! We have pulled together some ideas for you in this downloadable guide.
If you need an extra paper sponsorship form just download and print one here.
Going to all the effort of dressing up for Sensathon and raising money for Tommy's deserves some recognition. So we have some fantastic prizes to send to each Baby Sensory/Toddler Sense little one for their first fundraising challenge.
For every participant who raises even just a pound, a prize will be coming your way*:
Raise £1+ to receive an exclusive Sensathon certificate
Raise £30+ to receive a certificate and a limited edition Sensathon keyring
Raise £100+ to receive a certificate, a keyring and a limited edition Yee-Ha! inflatable beach ball
Raise £200+ to receive a certificate, a keyring, a beach ball and a limited edition Yee-Ha! tote bag, ABC sounds cards and a Timmy the Tummy Time Duck
Raise £300+ to receive a certificate, a keyring, a beach ball, Yee-Ha! tote bag, ABC sounds cards, a Timmy the Tummy Time Duck and a Tod hand puppet
Win a family ticket to Alton Towers! Everyone who fundraises will be entered in to a prize draw to win a family ticket to Alton Towers
Other fundraising ideas
If you don’t want to rely just on your social networks, there is a whole range of ways that you can raise money - from all the usual things like sitting in a bath of beans (if you fancy!), or organising a quiz night (if you have time!) But we know how busy parents with young children can be so we’ll share some ideas which won’t take too much organisation:
Get baking with your little one and sell them for a £1 donation at your work/partners work/school gates/book group.
Kiddy Kit Sale
Arrange a Kiddy Kit Sale to sell off that far-too-small-but-too-good-to-throw-away jumper or toys and raise money for Sensathon.
Whatever you do to raise money, collect it all and then pay it on to your Virgin Money Giving page.
Wow World Group
WOW World Group consists of 5 expertly researched child development programmes, paediatric first aid classes for parents and practitioners, and professional child photographers. The reputable WOW programmes are dedicated to supporting the learning and development of every baby and child, and the health and safety needs of everyone who attends their classes.
Baby Sensory provides ideas for creative play, massage, tummy time, movement, visual development, textures, scents and music in simple practical ways that can be easily repeated at home. They also use a combination of original and traditional songs and rhymes to develop early speech and language skills, and sensory signing activities to help you and your baby communicate from birth.
Every Toddler Sense session is jam-packed with fabulous activities and fun adventures to help your adventurous toddler or child burn off excess energy and develop vital physical, communication, social and intellectual skills that form the foundation of all future learning.
Find out more at www.wowworldgroup.com
Terms and Conditions
*Amounts exclude gift aid. In order to be eligible for any fundraiser prizes offered by Tommy’s or Wow World Group, all donations must be received by 29th May 2020. Prizes and certificates will be posted out in July 2020. Prizes are subject to availability and so may differ from images shown. To be entered into the prize draw for the Alton Towers family ticket, you must either fundraise through setting up your own JustGiving/Virgin Money Giving page or sending a completed sponsorship form to Tommy's and your money must be received by Tommy's by 29th May 2020. You cannot be entered into the prize draw for the Alton Towers family ticket if you only donate in class, or to someone else's fundraising page, or to a shared class fundraising page.