The East Antrim family, Violet and Philip Woods, along with their daughter Zoey (2) and four-year-old son Stephen will participate in the kickoff of the fun summer event, which will take place at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 24.
More than 2,000 babies are born too early, too small or too sick every year in Northern Ireland. Some arrive as early as 24 weeks, weighing as little as 1 lb / 454 grams – the same weight as half a bag of sugar.
TinyLife, the premature babies charity of Northern Ireland, calls on attendees to join in the fun and raise funds for ongoing support services so vital to the six families in need every day in Northern Ireland .
In this naturally very stressful time for parents, TinyLife is here to provide practical advice, emotional support and to lend a hand to families who are having a baby in a neonatal intensive care unit and with their network of support professionals. family, TinyLife provides parents with optimal support in the hospital, at home and in the community, even during the very difficult period of the pandemic.
Violet Woods said, “Our daughter Zoey was born six weeks earlier and weighed just 3 pounds 8 ounces. It has been a very scary time for us and we will always be grateful for the support we have received from our amazing Family Support Officer, Danielle, who continues to be there to offer advice and support whenever we have it. need. Over the past year, TinyLife has worked hard to ensure that even when we couldn’t meet at our regular group, Danielle was there – on the phone or via Zoom to support us. We are very happy to support the Unicorn Race to raise essential funds for this brilliant charity. “
Sarah Wilson, Community Fundraiser for TinyLife, said: “Whether you are walking, trotting, galloping or galloping, we will love to see you at V36. And no matter how far you travel – 2 km or 5 km, you will receive a TinyLife finisher medal and a gift bag full of goodies for each unicorn. You will also have the opportunity to meet real unicorns, Tully and Chip.
“Many thanks to Henderson Group for their invaluable support in helping us make this event happen. “
Bronagh Luke, Head of Corporate Marketing at Henderson Group, owner of the SPAR brand in Northern Ireland, added: “TinyLife is a huge source of support in our local communities where we operate, including in Mallusk where the father of Zoey, Phillip, works in our SPAR shop.
“We are very happy to support the events and charities that have been there for our SPAR family, especially after such a difficult year. We can’t wait to see a rainbow of rainbow colors at V36 this weekend and wish everyone the best of luck in the Unicorn Fun Run!
Registration for the event is £ 5 per person or £ 20 per family ticket (maximum of 5). For more information contact Sarah on 07912 044928 or book online at www.tinylife.org.uk/events