A team of babies from Woburn Sands and Milton Keynes have together raised £1,200 towards helping save babies’ lives by taking part in the first ever Sensathon, a colourful fundraiser designed to delight and surprise babies while raising money for charity Tommy’s.
With a Wild West theme, 100 babies arrived through the doors of North Bucks Baby Sensory on the June 3, 4 and 6 in full cowboy and cowgirl outfits, complete with checked shirts, hand-made cowboy hats, neckerchiefs, fringed dresses and denim, before setting off on a Wild West adventure of imaginative play.
Greeted on arrival with Western music, the babies/ toddlers were treated to an action packed day including visiting the Rodeo centre, songs around the campfire, themed sock puppet shows and hearing the story of Little Big Horn in the Last Chance Saloon.
North Buckinghamshire Baby Sensory is one of more than 200 franchises taking part across England, Scotland and Wales, who are expecting to raise more than £100k for Tommy’s.
Every year, one in four parents-to-be will lose a baby during pregnancy or at birth. Tommy’s funds medical research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provides advice and support for all parents-to- be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
“Sensathon was a fantastic experience and there was not a baby in the house who wasn’t in awe of everything they saw, heard and experienced,” said Katherine Devereaux, manage of Baby Sensory.
“The enthusiasm from families was brilliant, the mums really excelled themselves with handmade costumes and completely got into the spirit of it all, many dressing up themselves.
“The local business community also got behind us with Amscan donating our decorations and balloons, and many companies donating to a prize draw which all contributed to making the event a huge success.
“We’re very proud to be working with Tommy’s this year, and we know that some of the families here will have their own stories and personal reasons for getting behind this important charity.
“We want to thank everyone who took part and made the day so special.”
Jane Brewin, chief executive of baby charity Tommy’s, said: “We’re delighted that Sensathon was such a great experience for mums, dads and babies alike, and we have been really touched by the enthusiasm and support for our charity shown by everyone who took part.
“Tommy’s runs three research centres which investigate why pregnancy complications take place and look for treatments that help to save babies’ lives, and the money raised in Woburn Sands and Milton Keynes will go towards opening a fourth research centre so we can support more families on the journey to becoming a parent.”