Happy Volunteers’ Week!
Published 2nd June 2020
This week is Volunteers’ Week, a national celebration of all volunteers! All of us at The Early Birth Association are volunteers, and some of us are also volunteers for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust which allows us to go onto the Neonatal Units to run the parent coffee mornings and re stock supplies etc. All of us are Parents or Grandparents of babies that have been on the Neonatal Units. We all have our own personal reasons for wanting to volunteer for the charity, and are united in wanting to help families who find themselves in the situation we were once in with a premature or poorly baby. We are also very grateful that we have some nurses and a doctor from the Units on our Committee and we really appreciate them voluntarily giving us their time to support the work we are doing to help support babies, families and staff.
Michelle Miles, who is one of our Co-Chairs and a long standing member of the Committee describes below why she volunteers for us.
“My name is Michelle, I joined The Early Birth Association committee in 2011 following the birth of my second son Luke in 2010.
Being part of The Early Birth Association has enabled me to help and support parents who are going through the emotional strain of their child being unwell. In 2015 I became a Brighton and Sussex University Hospital Volunteer which enables me to visit the units, run coffee mornings and be a representative of the charity within the Special Care Baby Unit in Haywards Heath.
I feel very passionate about what the EBA has done in the past and now being Co-Chairperson enables me, with a brilliant team of committee members, all of whom are also volunteers, to continue this legacy into the future. We will continue to be able to provide the neonatal units we support with more and more items that is required to help the staff that look after the babies, parents and their families in their care.
Over the years, not only have I been involved in the EBA but I am also part of The Parent Forum, and have been involved in the Bliss Audit and Development Group as a Parent for the Princess Royal Hospital and more recently the Maternity Voices Partnership, all of which is a volunteering role with an aim to make a positive difference.”
We are incredibly proud of all we achieve as a small but very hardworking and determined group of volunteers! You can find out more about us and what we do on our website and if you’re interested in volunteering for us please contact us through our website contact form or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Early Birth Association are registered on Virgin Money Giving,
where you are able to make a donation directly to us and set up your
own fundraising page for any events that you do.
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