Children’s charity delivers 500 cream teas throughout Dorset with volunteer in labour
UK children’s charity, Action Medical Research ran a campaign this summer to encourage residents and businesses in Dorset to order a cream tea and have them delivered directly to their door by the charity. Three Action volunteers helped to hand pack more than 500 cream teas, including heavily-pregnant Laura Hansford from Bridport, who went into labour whilst delivering the boxes on 11 July.
Laura was eight days overdue, but her waters broke and the birth seemed imminent whilst helping at this charity event. She valiantly carried on delivering the boxes of cream teas although her waters had broken and finally went to the maternity unit at Dorchester Hospital once she had finished. Funnily enough, the hospital itself had already had their batch of cream teas delivered and Laura mentioned that she might be back later in the day. Laura finally made it to the hospital at 3pm and at 5pm gave birth to a healthy little boy and named him Louie.
Laura, commented: “The whole initiative went on for a few weeks and I was determind to see it through to the end. It was all worth it when I saw how happy people were to be receiving their cream teas, everyone just loves them. We will definitely be having scones every year on his birthday!”
Money raised from the cream tea sales will help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Research is the key to saving many children from a lifetime of suffering. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded. Action Medical Research is currently funding work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
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