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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Daniel Toms will be running the Reading Half Marathon for BIBS in memory of his brother Alfie, who sadly passed away in December 2009, just 24 hours after he was born. Alfie spent his short life in the care of the medical team on Buscot Ward, and Daniel says he will be forever grateful to the staff who enabled his family to spend that precious time with Alfie: “I want to give something back to the wonderful doctors and nurses who gave us that opportunity and to also help other babies that may need the ward in the future”.

This is the second time that Daniel has entered the Reading Half Marathon on behalf of BIBS and he has also completed a gruelling 20-mile obstacle course called the Rat Race to raise money for us too. He is hoping that this year will be his best fundraiser yet.

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Daniel, and for the photo of you alongside your step-brother Tyler and baby Alfie. And of course a massive thank you for joining team BIBS again this year – we’ll be cheering for you on the big day! If you’d like to support Daniel, please visit his fundraising page:

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🏃🏅LESS THAN 10 WEEKS TO GO 🏅🏃

Reading Half Marathon is our biggest annual fundraiser. We already have a record breaking *50 runners* on our team this year! In the coming weeks we’ll be introducing you to just a few of our incredible team. Perhaps their stories will inspire you to sign up too!

First up, we’d like you to meet Louise Stevens - the only member of the team to have been a Buscot baby themselves. Louise’s story shows that a rocky start to life doesn’t mean that you can’t go on to achieve great things… and run a half marathon if you want to!

Louise was born at 32 weeks gestation back in the early 80s. Weighing just 2lb 2oz, she spent two months in Buscot after her mum suffered from a condition called Nephrotic Syndome, effecting her kidneys and causing pre-eclampsia. Louise says “My mum has always told me just how fantastic the care was and I’m so pleased I can now help to raise money for Buscot. I’m super excited to be part of the team!”.

Louise will be running both the Reading Half Marathon and the Green Park 10k!
If you’d like to make a donation to Louise, click on her fundraising page:

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