Tag Archives: charity

Do you want to build a scarecrow?

I’ve never attempted to build a scarecrow before but when I spotted on Facebook that a nearby farm shop was organising a community fundraising day to build a scarecrow and help raise funds for CalAid, I thought it sounded like fun.  Family time together plus doing something for a good cause – what wasn’t to like?  They were also collecting clothes for the refugees in the Calais jungle which was very handy as I’d just had a big clear-out.… Read more

A pink heart on a yellow background with the text "Think 20. THINK HEART."

Think 20. Think HEART: Do you know what to expect from your 20-week scan?

The 20-week scan is an exciting moment for many pregnant women.  The opportunity to see your baby on screen again, and perhaps to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl.  As well as being an exciting moment, it’s also an important one.  This is the scan where the sonographer checks to make sure that the baby is developing normally and there are no abnormalities.… Read more

My Sunday Photo 31/07/16 – #bigkidsforGOSH

This week’s Sunday Photo sees me joining with #bigkidsforGOSH, a social media campaign started by Vicki, a fellow heart mummy who blogs at The Honest Confessions of a NICU Mum, to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital who saved her son’s life.

The #bigkidsforGOSH campaign is inspired by the story of Peter Pan, who is closely associated with Great Ormond Street Hospital , thanks to J.M.… Read more

What it’s really like to live with type 1 diabetes

My friend Alastair is doing the Ride London 2016 and will be cycling 100 miles around London and Surrey at the end of this month to raise money for Diabetes UK.  Diabetes is a condition that is known to affect 3.5 million people in the UK (with around 549,000 people estimated to have undiagnosed diabetes).… Read more

Safety, shelter and a warm bed – what every child should have

Yesterday, I went shopping and bought Sophie her first duvet and pillow set, with a Frozen-themed cover. When bedtime came, she was full of excitement over her “Frozen bed”.   She snuggled down under the covers, her big sister in the bed next to her and I held her hand as she drifted off to sleep.… Read more

Heart Week 2016: help Tiny Tickers improve survival rates for heart babies

February is all about hearts. For most people, the thought of hearts in February means Valentine’s Day. For me as a heart mummy, it’s all about National Heart Month, and Heart Week which falls between 7th and 14th February. Throughout February, and during Heart Week 2016 especially, I will be sharing posts to help raise awareness of congenital heart defects (CHDs) and provide more information about various groups and charities that help to support heart families.… Read more

Two Important Ways to Give Your Baby's Heart a Better Start - a guest post from Aimee Foster - Little Hearts, Big Love

Two Important Ways to Give Your Baby’s Heart a Better Start

Raising awareness of congenital heart defects and the importance of the 20 week scan is something that is very important to me as a heart parent. I know that had Jessica’s heart condition not been detected at the 20 week scan, she would not be here today. Sadly, even with early detection, there are still many babies whose hearts are just too poorly for them to survive.… Read more

Save Syria’s children – what can we do to help?

Most of us will have seen the heartbreaking images shared on social media and in the newspaper of the lifeless body of three-year old Aylan Kurdi, who was found washed up on a Turkish beach. An innocent child, just one of countless other children who have died trying to escape their war-torn home.… Read more

Charlie Jones Foundation Family Fun Day - Little Hearts, Big Love

Charlie Jones Foundation Family Fun Day

There are several fundraising events for charities close to our heart that we try to attend every year and the Charlie Jones Foundation Family Fun Day is one of them. It’s a charity that was set up by heart parents Donna and Dean Jones after the death of their 5-month old baby Charlie from hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) (the same heart defect that Jessica has).… Read more

Tiny Tickers – Heart Week 7th-14th February

February – a month that is all about hearts. Hearts, flowers, chocolates, Valentine’s cards. For me as a mummy to a child with a complex congenital heart defect (CHD), February also has added significance with regards to hearts as it is National Heart Month, with Heart Week taking place from 7th-14th February.… Read more