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 countdown is on! With just 21 days left until the runners take their places at the start line for this year’s Reading Half Marathon, can team BIBS smash last year’s fundraising total? Miriam and Dan Coleman think they can! Here is why they are running together for BIBS:

Miriam and Dan are a strong couple. They’ve been together for 20 years and have had to watch two of their five children go through the Buscot experience. They are taking up the Reading Half Marathon challenge together to thank the unit for everything they do: “We are very proud to be running for such a great cause”.

Their son Lewis is now a strapping 16 year-old – take a look at his picture below and it’s hard to imagine that he was born 6 weeks early weighing 4lb 8oz. Miriam was taken into hospital after her waters broke early. Unfortunately there wasn’t any neonatal space available and the decision was made to transfer Miriam to High Wycombe hospital where Lewis was born 2 days later. The distance from Reading was made all the more difficult as Dan didn’t have a car at the time and the journey to visit his wife and tiny newborn son was incredibly hard. Thankfully, mother and baby were transferred back to the Royal Berks soon after.

Fast forward 14 years and Miriam was pregnant with her fifth child - a daughter named Isabella, who was born 5 weeks early in November 2015 weighing 5lb 6oz. Miriam was again admitted to hospital after her waters had broken early. After 24 hours it was clear that an infection had developed and Isabella arrived following a speedy induction. Miriam and Dan remember being utterly terrified to see that their daughter had been born blue. Little Isabella was intubated and taken off to Buscot immediately, where she received help with breathing and treatment for Jaundice. Following a course of IV antibiotics for both mother and daughter, the family were able to take her home just 8 days after her birth.

Miriam and Dan say: “We are so thankful to the Buscot staff for all their help and support. If it wasn’t for their care and expertises, what would we do?”.

The couple have been training hard in preparation for their first Half Marathon. They’ve done obstacle courses like Tough Mudder together in the past (see picture below!), but this is their biggest challenge and for a cause very close to their hearts - Go team Coleman!

If you’d like to support Miriam and Dan, please visit their fundraising page:

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***Urgent Appeal***

Unfortunately one of our Reading Half Marathon GOLD zone runners has had to pull out due to injury. We have **just 1 day** to find a replacement and get them registered for the event in time!

The Reading Half Marathon is on Sunday 19th March (in 25 days!)

If you, or someone you know would be up for the challenge, and can raise a minimum of £250 in sponsorship, then they can apply for the place by commenting below. Please share widely!
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Born six weeks early the staff on Buscot looked after my daughter Phaedra so well they are all amazing. She is now 10 my miracle baby. Xxxx ... See MoreSee Less

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