Seafront buggy push nets £1,000 for Bliss

Buggy push in aid of Bliss, Helen Gardens, Eastbourne Seafront'20/08/11'Sara Cooper and Charlotte
Buggy push in aid of Bliss, Helen Gardens, Eastbourne Seafront'20/08/11'Sara Cooper and Charlotte

A MUM from Eastbourne led a fantastic fundraising event which saw parents from all over the town pushing their little ones along the seafront.

Sara Cooper, 35, from Greenfield Road, was joined by 30 people for Saturday’s buggy push which raised around £1,000 in aid of Bliss, a charity which provides support and information about premature births.

The seafront push was inspired by nine-month-old Charlotte Cooper, whose story was featured in last week’s Herald.

Charlotte was born three months premature and weighed just 2lb seven ounces.

She spent the first month of her life on an incubator and the first three months in three different hospitals.

But now after months of treatment Charlotte is in good health and a particularly cute and bonnie baby.

Last weekend Sara, Charlotte and dad Glen were joined at the sponsored Buggy Push and picnic by other families who have experienced premature childbirth.

Sara told the Herald, “The day went really well, better than I could have hoped.

“It was beautiful weather and we raised far more than I thought we would. Thirty people turned up for the push and there were people watching and supporting us all the way. We had collection tins and everyone was very generous.

“Some of the people who took part were people who we met at the hospital who also had premature childbirths and who we’ve stayed in touch with.

“Others we’ve met since we organised the buggy push, and there were some people there who had full-term childbirths but had friends who had lost their babies through premature childbirth, and they took part to remember them.”

It’s not too late to help with the fundraising effort by visiting www.justgiving.com/eastbourneblissbuggypush or to find out more about Bliss visit www.bliss.org.uk

Left: Baby Charlotte fights for her life.

Right: Sara Cooper and Charlotte head up the seafront buggy push in aid of Bliss (E34012M)