Be incredi-bubble and help a Small Charity

This week the spotlight has been shining on the work of small charities in the UK, and at Bubble Rush we want to highlight two of our charity partners.  Both have been inspired by the personal experience of their founders, and funds raised by the foamy 5k will be used to raise awareness, and provide vital support for families – but in very different ways.

Next week’s Exeter Bubble Rush is the only event in the 2019 calendar in Devon. Our charity partner is Pete’s Dragons, which helps families coping with suicide loss.  Founded by Pete’s big sister Alison the charity provides Suicide Bereavement Support to families in Devon and Cornwall.

Alison says: “Pete was just 24 when he took his own life.  We will never understand why he did what he did. We feel the impact of his loss every single day.  Sadly I can’t have my little brother back, but what we can do is ensure that we assist those that are bereaved in a way and at a time when they need it most.”

In July we’ll be in Eastleigh (Southampton) in partnership with The Ickle Pickles who provide support and equipment for neonatal units, caring for the most vulnerable babies and their families.  Founder Rachel Marsh says:

“Charlie is the inspiration behind the Ickle Pickles charity. He was born in 2008 at 28 weeks weighing just 2lb 40z and not breathing. He spent the next 86 days in Neonatal care and if it wasn’t for the fantastic support of the doctors and nurses he would not have been here today. Setting up the charity is about saying thank you for the care that Charlie received and to help other families to support and fundraise for their local unit through us.”

Ickle Pickles are the smallest and sickest babies who need intensive care in neonatal units.  They can be full term babies (40 weeks) requiring treatment or surgery or more likely babies born prematurely (before 37 weeks). Babies born before 27 weeks are classed as extremely premature and it is often these tiniest babies who need the most help.

“Everyone in the Ickle Pickles team has experienced the neonatal journey and can relate to the stresses and difficulties that having a premature or poorly baby bring. The charity supports units across the country and are always keen to hear from other parents who may want to get involved.

Both charities were inspired by the personal experience of their founders, and their small teams of hard-working staff and volunteers work tirelessly to raise awareness of the issues they want to overcome and the funds needed to continue their work.  So while Bubble Rush is a fun experience it’s important to remember that every foamy step you take can make a difference to families in your community.  Every £ raised matters, so please consider making a donation or setting up an online fundraising page to show your support.

Donate to Pete’s Dragons (don’t forget to mention Bubble Rush Exeter)

Donate to Ickle Pickles  (don’t forget to mention Bubble Rush Southampton)

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