Spalding mums put best feet forward for children's charity
Spalding mother and fundraiser Natalie Knight has just led a successful sponsored walk for the Bliss children’s charity.
Natalie, of Livingstone Drive, along with four other parents and their children, managed to raise £102 from their sponsored walk from Hall Place to Ayscoughfee Gardens and back, with a picnic in the middle to celebrate their success.
The walking party collected sponsorship money from their friends and family, along with an online donation page for their cause, and this total is expected to raise further, with more people coming forward to support them online since the walk.
Natalie decided to plan the walk about three months ago for Bliss, who are a charity that provides support to families with premature or sick babies, having learned her sister would be having early born twins herself.
Natalie said “My sister announced she was pregnant with twins and knowing that twins can be very early made me feel quite nervous and worried for her and the babies.
“My colleague had a baby boy and he was five weeks early and needed a lot of care in the early days and this just brought it home to me more that my sister could possibly experience the same issues.
“I’ve chosen to fundraise for Bliss because I want to make a real difference to the 95,000 babies born premature or sick every year.”
Bliss has a number of projects ongoing, such as support at home for infants with feeding tubes or the reduction of painful eye examinations in pre-term infants.
Natalie viewed this cause as “really important” not only due to her own family’s connection to premature births, but due to the support given to many others across the country by the charity.
Natalie said “We completed the walk as a unit of friends and had a lovely time, and raised a good amount of money.”
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nattie-amelia2