Staff don their trainers for TinyLife

Pictured (from left to right): Julie McLaughlin, Karen Moore, Clare McKenna, Emma McAlister, Lindsay McNeill, Robert McHenry (practice principal), Paula Calvin and Ashley Henry. inbm29-16s
Pictured (from left to right): Julie McLaughlin, Karen Moore, Clare McKenna, Emma McAlister, Lindsay McNeill, Robert McHenry (practice principal), Paula Calvin and Ashley Henry. inbm29-16s

The staff at High Street Dental Practice in Ballymoney are doing a 10k sponsored walk along part of the Causeway Coastal route on Saturday, July 23 in aid of TinyLife.

This amazing charity offers emotional and practical support to families of premature and vulnerable babies. This includes funding vital research, breast pump loan and hire service, parent support groups and a resource and information library.

Zoe Wylie from the local Practice explained: “Following the success of our two previous charity events raising money for Action Cancer by participating in the Moonlight Walk and supporting Children in Need by holding a coffee morning, we decided to lend our support in 2016 to TinyLife.

“As many as 2,000 babies spent time in neonatal units last year. Having experienced premature birth within the staff on at least three occasions we feel this is an important charity to support.

“High Street Dental Practice pride themselves in being a family practice therefore we would love to be able to bring a little sunshine to those families who need it.

“As well as sponsoring our staff on the 10k walk we have a signed Ulster rugby shirt to raffle off. Raffle tickets can be obtained from Reception at a cost of £1 per strip.

“Donations would be greatly appreciated and can be made directly to High Street Dental or via our justgiving page.”

So far 19% of their £500 target has been raised however any donation, no matter how small will make a big difference so please go onto their justgiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/High-Street-Dental-Practice.

All kind donations are used by TinyLife: £5 will fund a piece of sensory equipment, £20 will fund a breast pump kit, £25 will fund one hour of family support, £50 will fund a family activity group, £50 will fund a one to one baby massage and sensory session for a parent and baby, £80 will fund a baby massage session for 10 parents, £100 will fund a baby paediatric first aid training for 10 parents, £100 will fund four hours of family support, £600 will train a staff member/volunteer to deliver baby massage, £1200 will fund the purchase and maintenance for 1 year of a hospital standard breast pump.