Leaf to run Belfast City Marathon Relay for Tinylife

On Monday 2nd May Leaf will be taking part in the Belfast City Marathon Relay. Some of us are seasoned runners, having ran in the Belfast marathon before and some of us are complete beginners, but we are all looking forward to running in support of a charity like Tinylife.

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Leaf Relay Team – Colin Bennett, Infrastructure Specialist, Eve Boardman, Microsoft Solutions, Brian O’Neill, Financial Controller, Rachael Weir, Marketing Executive and Norman English, Infrastructure Specialist 

Every parent-to-be in Northern Ireland hopes that their baby will be born healthy, but sadly this is not always the case.

Of approximately 25,000 babies born here in one year:

  • 2037 episodes of neonatal care was provided for 1769 infants. (Nicore 2009)
  • 80% of babies, who are born alive but die in the first 28 days of life, are born prematurely
  • On average there are two stillbirths every week in Northern Ireland
  • 1 in every 5 pregnancies ends in miscarriage

Tinylife is Northern Ireland’s only premature and vulnerable baby charity. They receive minimal government funding therefore rely heavily on their own fundraising activities and the support of others.

They are dedicated to reducing illness, disability and death in babies born here and providing support for families who have been affected by such circumstances.

TinyLife does this through three core activities:

  • providing practical and emotional support for parents and families with prematurely born babies and those requiring special or intensive care at birth
  • providing information to health professionals and parents-to-be to ensure that every pregnancy has the best chance of a healthy outcome and a healthy baby.
  • funding research into
    • Maternal and Child Health
    • Family Support Services
    • providing information to health professionals and parents-to-be to ensure that every pregnancy has the best chance of a healthy outcome and a healthy baby.
If you would like to sponsor our relay team you can do so through our Just Giving Page or alternatively you can text LEAF95 and the amount you would like to donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 (£10 is the maximum text donation) to 70070.
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