Bliss, a charity focused on giving premature and sick babies the best chance to survive, has received a £1,000 donation from Northamptonshire developer Barratt Homes.

Bliss was founded in 1979 by a group of parents and volunteers who discovered that hospitals lacked the equipment and trained staff needed to ensure the best outcome possible for these infants.

Now more than 40 years later, Bliss has grown into the leading UK charity for the 90,000 babies born needing neonatal care every year, including extended care of the parents such as a new video call support service.

Victoria O’Brien, Corporate Partnerships Officer at Bliss, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to hear that we had received a donation from Barratt Homes. Following a challenging few years of fundraising due to the pandemic, every penny counts, and a donation as generous as this is was simply incredible.

“As we embark on a new three-year strategy, this generous donation will help us to campaign for the Government to introduce Neonatal Leave and Pay so that every parent is supported to be able to spend significant quality time with their baby in neonatal care, which we know leads to better outcomes for sick babies.

“The donation will also enable us to provide information and support for all families with a baby in neonatal care which helps them to be better informed, more confident, less isolated, and more involved in their babies’ care and decision-making. This will include delivering personalised information and support through multiple formats so that it is accessible and inclusive to meet the needs of all neonatal families, focussing especially on families facing inequalities.

“We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Barratt Homes for this very kind donation. It is through the generosity of people and businesses that we can support the 90,000 babies born premature and sick in the UK each year, along with their families.”

Amer Alkhalil, Managing Director at Barratt Homes Northampton, said: “As a leading housebuilder we strive to support the communities in and around the areas in which we build, and we are delighted to be able to offer Bliss a donation to support the fantastic work it does.”

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