There are many quick, easy and fun ways you can support us now with the work we do for our local neonatal units. Please also check our News page for information on current fundraising campaigns and our Events page.
Did you know your everyday purchases could help to save more babies lives?
We’re excited to share a great way you can donate to The Early Birth Association that won’t cost you a penny!
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features. Your shopping experience stays the same, but every time you shop on AmazonSmile, Amazon automatically donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to your chosen charity.
If you already have an Amazon account, you can begin shopping instantly. Simply visit smile.amazon.co.uk to get started.
Log in to your Amazon account and search ‘The Early Birth Association’ in the ‘pick your own charity’ search bar
You’ll receive an email from Amazon and you’re ready to shop.
Easyfundraising is the UK’s biggest charity shopping fundraising site.
It’s simple to use and it’s free.
Join Easyfundraising and you can collect free donations for us every time you buy something online. It won’t cost you a penny extra so please help us to raise funds.
Every donation is gratefully received and will really help us to continue the essential work we do. You can donate through JustGiving or Virgin MoneyGiving. Cheque donations can also be accepted, made out to ‘The Early Birth Association’. These can be sent C/O The EBA to: Trevor Mann Baby Unit, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 5BE.
Payroll Giving (GAYE)
Payroll Giving is an opportunity for employees to give funds to a charity direct from their pay. The good thing about this is that it happens before tax is deducted. It is a simple, efficient and flexible scheme, which allows you to donate to any UK registered charity of your choice by a direct deduction from your wage. All donations given in this way are tax effective so the charity receives your donation and the tax you would have paid on this amount.
What are the benefits of Payroll Giving?
- You can give to any charity
- A regular income for the charity of your choice so they can plan for the future with confidence
- A confidential, easy and tax-efficient service
- No extra paperwork for the charity as they receive your donation and tax in one go
- A flexible scheme which allows you to change charities, alter the amount given or stop giving whenever you wish
If you wish to do this you will need to contact your Payroll/Personnel department to establish if they have facilities for GAYE/Payroll Giving (most companies do, particularly the larger ones). Once the GAYE/Payroll Giving provider has been established you will need to contact them (they usually have a website which is very helpful) to see if The Early Birth Association is set up on their listings. If we are not please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will contact the provider with the charity’s details. From this point you can submit your application online or paper style stating how much each month you wish to donate to The EBA. This will be deducted and recorded on your payslip. The money is then sent to the GAYE/Payroll Giving provider by your employer and deposited straight intoThe EBA’s account.
We hold many fun events throughout the year, these include charity balls, family fun days, cake sales, sponsored sporting and challenge events, fundraising dinners, music evenings, raffles, retreat days and quiz nights. We’d love you to join us at some of our events. Keep an eye on our social media and website news and events sections for what is coming up.
Our supporters also often organise their own fundraising events for us which we are very grateful for. Some examples of fundraisers that have been held are at baby’s birthday parties and christenings, sponsored walks, fundraising DJ marathons, family fun days, charity football matches, pop up shops, pub quizzes and cream tea events. If you have any ideas for a fundraising event you’d like to run we’d love to hear from you. We can provide collection tins, leaflets and balloons etc. We can also help promote your event online by sharing details on our website news section and our social media accounts. Please get in touch to discuss any ideas you have!
You can support The EBA by doing a sporting or challenge event! The only limit is your imagination or bravery! You could do a sponsored swim, walk, trek, run, bike ride, sky-dive, abseil, or bungee jump! We often have charity places available for various sporting events throughout the year which we will advertise via our website and social media, or you can do an event that you apply for yourself and raise funds for us. Why not get your kids involved too? We have children of our committee members and supporters run The Brighton Marathon Mini Mile every year. This year some of our committee members and their kids are also going to undertake Tough Mudder challenges! If you’d like to join us or do a sponsored sporting challenge of any type for us, please get in touch. Take a browse through the photos to see what some of our supporters have done in the past!
At the start of 2020 were very excited to announce that we were successful in being selected as the Haywards Heath Golf Club chosen charity of the year! There are so many wonderful members at the club and some with direct connections to a neonatal unit, either recently or many years ago. We are looking forward to working in partnership with the Golf Club to raise even more awareness of what we do and why we do it. We thank them for their support and the opportunity provided by them to raise more vital funds for the units.
1st CENTRAL Insurance in Haywards Heath have very generously offered us so much support and fundraising since we became their extended ‘charity of the year’ in 2017. They have hosted and taken part in many fundraising events for us, such as sponsored walks, quiz nights, and other fundraising events in their offices. Their dedicated staff have also used their artist talents to paint the parents room in PRH SCBU with a beautiful Tilly’s sunflower mural, and have also offered to assist us in the TMBU refurbishment. 1st CENTRAL also filmed on the TMBU and made us a video highlighting what we do. Over their time supporting us, 1st CENTRAL have pledged to raise a total of £40,000 which is just amazing! Thank you to everyone at 1st CENTRAL! Your support makes such a huge difference.
In November 2019, the Sussex Produce Company in Steyning kindly agreed to have us as their charity of the month. They hosted a successful a fundraising dinner for us on 16th November – the day before World Prematurity Day. They also donated a hamper of yummy Sussex Produce goods for us to raffle.
We have also had lots of generous support from local supermarkets, with Sainsbury’s branches in Brighton doing lots of fundraising and hosting events for us and Waitrose in Haywards Heath donating via their Community Matters programme.
You can ask your local supermarket if they can help!
A quick and easy way to raise awareness of us and raise some funds. Wear it with pride! You could have a box in your place of work, or ask if you can leave some in locations in your local community or have some at home to sell to your friends and family. Please get in touch if you’d like some.
We have received very generous donations from many groups, including Seaford Swimming Club, Shoreham Conservative Club, Friends of Bede’s Prep School, Owls Out and About and Recycling in Lancing. We have also involved local Brownies units in fundraising for us. Over the years we have also received lots of support from the Push for Prems team who have made donations to The EBA with money they have raised to support TMBU. We are very grateful for this support and ongoing relationship. We’d love to have you raise funds for us and raise awareness of the great work we do in your local group. We can provide collection tins and anything else you need. Please contact us if you have any ideas for things you can do in your local community.
In close collaboration with Amber from Greenscence’s Potting Shed, a massive £2,020 was raised for The EBA IN 2016 by selling grow your own ‘Tilly’s Sunflowers’ kits. Amber came up with this fantastic idea after her friend (& one of our committee members) lost her little girl, Tilly, in November 2015, & has raised over £3,300 for two different charities since 2016. Thank you Amber and congratulations on thinking of such a fabulous idea! In 2018, Amber also started selling Tilly’s Sunflowers pin badges for just £1 each.
in 2020 our committee member Jemma is selling these beautiful grow your own Tilly’s Sunflower kits again to raise money for us and in memory of her daughter Tilly. Packs are £3 each, postage is £3 for up to 6 kits, and £5 for 6 kits or more. To purchase your kits please check out the Tilly’s Sunflowers instagram and facebook pages and place your orders now! The kits can be posted to you, or if you are local to Haywards Heath they can be collected directly from Jemma. What better way to spend time with your children than to plant sunflower seeds, nurture them and watch them grow strong and bright?
Please read on to find out Jemma’s reasons for wanting to raise as much money as possible for the EBA…
Tilly spent 143 days in hospital, in both the TMBU and SCBU, before going home on 20th June 2014. She spent a wonderful 6.5 months at home, but due to her lungs still being extremely vulnerable, when she picked up a respiratory bug in January 2015, she became very poorly and was rushed up to London to the PICU at the Evelina Children’s Hospital. Tilly spent the next 10 months in various PICU’s and The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton.
In September 2015, she picked up another virus and was transferred to Southampton PICU. Tilly had some other serious complications, meaning she had to go through major bowel surgery & because her lungs were so badly damaged from all the bugs she had picked up, she didn’t recover and Tilly sadly passed away on 1st November 2015 in our arms.
We are selling these kits in memory of Tilly, but also to raise funds for the hugely deserving EBA.
The sunflower kits have raised over £3,300 for 2 charities since they were launched in 2016 and Jemma would love to reach at least £4,000 after this years’ sales!
Thank you for your support as always and let’s help Jemma smash that target!
In November 2017, Tim and Jazz who are the parents of twin boys Leo and Noah, who were cared for TMBU, purchased an EBA teddy bear and named him Trevor. They asked people to take Trevor on adventures all over the world to raise awareness and funds for the unit, with the aim of him travelling 50,000 miles! So far Trevor has been far and wide, globe trotting in Johannesburg, Portugal, Mount Kilimanjaro, skiing in Andorra and France, fishing in Florida and doing a coast to coast tour of the good old U S of A… He even got to fly in the cockpit of a plane on one of his trips! His adventures are documented on a JustGiving page. Now we’d love you to help Trevor continue his travels and document your journey with him for us which we can add to Trevor’s Blog.
If you sponsor Trevor you are welcome to take him on holiday, walks, marathons or whatever gets us the mileage we need (photographing him as you do). To take Trevor on an adventure whether in the UK or abroad just contact us and we will post him to you or we can deliver in the Brighton area (postage counts towards his mileage goal!)
We hope to get some fun photos of him in unusual places. Don’t worry if you just want to sponsor the bear but leave the travels up to others,
Trevor has also joined our committee members and supporters in some of our fundraising events such as the Just Walk sponsored walk, running in a Marathon, and partying the night away at one of our fundraising balls.
Please do get in touch if you’d like to take Trevor on more adventures!
We have an EBA Mascot – AKA Trevor the Ted!
We sell our EBA teddy’s like Trevor so you can have one of your own to keep. They often become a treasured and well loved soft toy for ex TMBU and SCBU babies, and precious keepsakes for mums and dads of their time on the units. You can buy one at TMBU or PRH or please contact us if you’d like one posted to you. They are priced at £15 each + £3 postage if you’d like one delivered to you. Each postal order will also receive a free charity wristband and a letter from Trevor Ted.
We’re always looking for new supporters and committee members to join us. Whether you have a little time to spare or a lot, your skills and time will be much appreciated and best of all you’ll have fun and help a fantastic local cause. Please get in touch to talk to us about volunteer supporter roles and opportunities. We’re entirely run by volunteers so any time you can spare to help us out with fundraising, events, admin work or anything else needs doing, whether its a one-off or ongoing piece of work, will really help.
We’d also like to hear from you if your baby/babies are currently in, or have recently been in the Neonatal Units and you have any feedback on the things provided by The EBA whilst you were there. We always want to improve what we do to support babies, families and staff on the units so your feedback will be very valued so please do contact us.
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.
For further advice and support please also see the useful links and information at the bottom of the website.