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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There's still time to get yourself down to Honest Burgers, grab yourself a delicious lunch / afternoon snack - best of all YOU decide how much you pay, and all proceeds go to one of three great local charities including BIBS (Babies in Buscot Support) - what's not to L💗VE ?! ... See MoreSee Less

Great work to everyone who’s already popped in to our #Reading restaurant for today’s #HonestyBoxDay — over £900 raised so far! Join us before 16:30 to donate to our three local charities. 🍔🎗️🎉

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Meet Naomi, long-time BIBS supporter and current Chair of our Board of Trustees. Like everyone behind the scenes at BIBS, Naomi has a personal connection with Buscot - her wonderful 5-year-old twins, Lily and Zach. Naomi will be following in the footsteps of her husband, Dave, and mum, Margaret, by running the #readinghalf for #teamBIBS in just 4 weeks' time.

Naomi went to see her consultant at 29 weeks pregnant for what she thought would be a routine check-up. But a surprise diagnosis of pre-eclampsia meant that she was admitted to hospital straight away and told that her twins would need to be delivered within days. Naturally, both Naomi and Dave were incredibly worried for the safety of their babies and the possible complications of being delivered ten weeks early. But, miraculously, Naomi managed to last for another five weeks:
"I was very sick and exhausted and had to take 25 tablets a day to control my blood pressure. It is really unusual to have continued for so long. In fact, I can claim the prestigious title of being one of only two women in the hospital's history to last over five weeks after being diagnosed with my degree of illness".

Zach and Lily were born at 34 weeks and 6 days. Naomi remembers with mixed emotions: "Lily was very poorly. She was born with lungs of baby born at 27 weeks gestation. She was rushed to the resuscitation table and then off to Buscot. We were left holding our son Zach - this tiny baby who needed us but not knowing if our daughter was even breathing". Thirty minutes later, Zach joined his sister in Buscot to be treated for jaundice and issues with his blood sugars.

The next 24 hours were critical for Lily as she fought for her life. The staff worked tirelessly and finally the couple saw their daughter turn a corner: "Over the weeks she grew stronger and watching her progress was incredible. We are under no illusion that we owe her life to the staff on Buscot…there were moments we thought we would lose our daughter and no parent should ever go through that".

Fast forward 5 years and both Lily and Zach are happy healthy children, enjoying their first year at school.

Naomi says: "I'm running the #readinghalf to thank the staff for the extraordinary care they provided, but also for being so kind and compassionate to us as a family. Dave has run for BIBS three times now, and my mum has done it too…my turn now!".

If you'd like to show this brave lady your support, click on her link:
www.justgiving.com/fundraising/naomileilajones
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Are you stuck for ideas for half term? 👀 Why not go in search for BIBS rock?! 👀

Take part in the new craze that is sweeping the UK - a 'just for fun' art community activity where people are painting on rocks and hiding them within their local community for others to find and rehide (or keep). You could decorate your own in purple and white for BIBS!

This one was beautifully created by Becky, a supporter who sent us this photo yesterday.

We can give only one clue - it will be placed in Arthur Newberry Park. If you find it we would love to see a photo! Happy searching!!
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