Support

BIBS funds a professional Family Support Practitioner that runs drop-in sessions three times a week. We also operate a Parent Support evening once a week run by volunteer former Buscot parents.

Facilities

BIBS manages and refurbishes parent and family facilities on the ward such as a family lounge and overnight accomodation.

Awareness

BIBS aims to raise awareness of the issues faced by parents and babies on the unit. We work with the hospital and other organisations to make this most stressful of journeys as smooth as possible.

Equipment

BIBS fundraises to help supply the latest technology and equipment that will aid in the care and development of babies on Buscot Ward.

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The story of proud dad, Derek, running his first Half Marathon for #teamBIBS in just 5 weeks’ time!

Like many Buscot dads, Derek remembers feeling completely helpless when his baby boy, Hudson, was born 13 weeks early weighing a tiny 2lb 2oz. His wife, Nicola, was rushed to hospital after her waters broke suddenly and the couple were told to prepare for their son to be born within the hour. Derek remembers: “Before we knew it there were nine doctors in the room preparing injections and monitoring devices. Suddenly I was left in the examination room alone; Nicola was rushed to theatre for an emergency C-Section and due the seriousness of the situation I was not allowed to be there…I had a chance to see Hudson briefly, cocooned in an incubator as he was wheeled past me by 4 doctors. The expressions on their faces is one I will never forget”.

During Hudson’s 10-week Buscot stay, he unfortunately experienced many complications, some major, and had to make two trips to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Problems included suspected sepsis, Chronic Lung Disease, a bleed on the brain, suspected NEC (Necrotising Enterocolitis), PDA (Patent Ductus Arteriosus) and five blood transfusions. Such a long list for such a tiny brave boy.

Hudson was discharged from hospital with oxygen, which he needed for a further six weeks. Derek and Nicola remember having oxygen tanks around the house and how challenging it was to get out and about at the start of their life together as a family – we are sure this is an all too familiar story to other Buscot families with babies requiring oxygen support after discharge.

Derek says: “21 months on and we are extremely lucky to have a healthy and happy little boy who is meeting his milestones and thriving at nursery. No longer are we stopped in the street by people commenting on how small he is - people are now surprised to hear that he was born prematurely! I’m really happy to be running Reading Half Marathon to help raise money for much-needed equipment that is saving premature babies' lives everyday”.

Good Luck Derek!

To support Derek, please visit his JustGiving page:

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/HudsonFowler2019
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BIBS have charity places available at the Sage Reading Half Marathon with FREE registration and just £250 fundraising pledge!

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