Staff at VT Shipbuilding are pulling on their trainers and getting into practice before they take part in Davina’s Day Out, a mass sponsored walk in Portsmouth, for the second year in a row on Sunday 9th July. Find out more at www.davinasdayout.com
Last year, thanks to Sam Brown, secretary of the charity committee, hearing the advertisement for the event on the radio, the company decided to get involved, and 40 members of staff from VT Shipbuilding, together with their families and two dogs, marched the five miles of the millennium walk and raised £2000 in sponsorship for the Touching Tiny Lives campaign.
”It was such a great day last year, and a wonderful way to raise money for a really good cause. As soon as the last event was over, I got on the phone to volunteer to help out at any events in the future, and here we are!”
This year, VT Shipbuilding are showing their support by offering to be the sole sponsors of the event, and have also already started promoting the walk through their internal magazine “Ship Shape”. This year they’re hoping for many more members of the VT Shipbuilding team to take part, and to smash their record and raise even more sponsorship this year.
One person who knows just how important the Touching Tiny Lives campaign is in its aim to fund research into pregnancy complications and premature birth is CVF Operations Executive at the company Steve Kelsall, whose eldest daughter Olivia was born 3 months premature, weighing a mere 2lb 4oz. Steve and his wife Lesley were visiting family in Worcestershire when Olivia made her appearance in early November 2001, and their daughter spent her first week under intensive care in hospital in Coventry before she was strong enough to be transferred to St Mary’s in Portsmouth, closer to home, and finally to St Richards in Chichester. Steve and Lesley were finally able to take their daughter home on 4th January 2002. Steve says,
”Olivia has been very lucky, she was only on a ventilator for a short time and appears to have had no long lasting effects from her early birth. But during our stays in the three hospitals we saw all the highs and lows of a Special Care Baby Unit, the wonderful staff that work there and the many problems these tiny babies face.”
”I wanted to take part in Davina’s Day Out because I know just how important the Touching Tiny Lives campaign is for families like mine. It’s a great way to help a cause and enjoy a great family day out at the same time.”
He encouraged many of his colleagues to sign up last year, and he’ll be doing the same again this year, taking his family along to enjoy the day and make sure that all babies in the UK get the very best start in life.
If you want to join Davina on her Day Out on Sunday 9th July, just visit the website and register online at: www.davinasdayout.com
Your donation could help fund vital research for children