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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Three inspirational ladies Jess, Debbie and Amanda – going by the name of the “Twyford Belles” – are quite literally going NUTS all in aid of BIBS! They’re taking on the muddy Nuts Challenge on September 3rd.

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Their stories are truly moving. Debbie was over the moon to discover she was pregnant shortly after getting engaged in 2008. Just after her honeymoon things “didn’t seem right” with her pregnancy and at 23 weeks, weighing just 1lb 1oz baby Gabriella was born and lived for just 40 minutes. Debbie and Neil have since gone on to have two children, Erin who is now 6 and Blake who is 2 years old (bottom left). Mum Debbie says “I think the Buscot unit and its nurses and doctors do an invaluable service for the babies that are in a position to be helped. I wish Gabriella had been that bit older but it wasn't meant to be for her.”

After two healthy full term deliveries, police officer, Jess’s third baby, Ivy (pictured in incubator), gave mum a fright when her water’s broke at 33 weeks whilst at work! 9 days of bedrest later, Ivy was born 6 weeks early, and recovered well spending one week receiving exceptional care on Buscot Ward. That was not the end of the journey though, and two weeks later Ivy stopped breathing and developed sepsis. After some truly terrifying times, Ivy is now fully recovered and as you can see (bottom right) a very healthy and happy 9 month old.

They are joined on their challenge by Amanda – a supportive friend who just wants to do what she can to help raise awareness of premature birth and raise vital funding for BIBS.

We think these ladies, and indeed their entire families are incredibly strong, and in recognition, we would like to ask you to help them smash their fundraising target. If you can, please visit their fundraising page and donate whatever you can.
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