TWO neonatal nurses who work at the Royal Sussex County Hospital have raised over £1,000 for a charity that supports babies born premature and sick by scaling Scotland’s highest mountain.
Ella Davison and close friend Kate Cameron, who both live in Hove and work together at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton, took on the challenge of walking 1,343m up Ben Nevis – the highest point in Scotland and the British Isles at night earlier this month.
Ella was joined by her partner, Oliver Foreman and her friend, Abbie McClumpha, who also took part in the challenge for Bliss and have so far raised £1,085.
Walkers from nine different charities joined them as part of the Big Steps for Small Feet challenge, which aims to raise baby and child loss awareness.
Ella Davison said:
“The hike was really intense; the wind, rain and fog made the experience more physically and mentally challenging. We couldn’t see anything but the glow sticks lighting the way and each other’s head torches, we could ring out our clothes and shoes when we got back! It was made worth it seeing how much it meant to us and everyone else, such an amazing experience!
“Over the past 18 months, due to the impact of COVID-19, charities such as Bliss have really struggled to get the money that is so vital for the support they need. Kate and I see at first hand all of the fantastic support and information Bliss provides to families and staff as nurses on the Trevor Mann Baby Unit.
“Initially, we were hoping to raise £500 for Bliss, but we have had such an incredible reaction from friends, family and colleagues that we have been able to surpass that. We are so grateful for everyone’s amazing generosity and support.”
Laura Anne Mackay, Fundraising Officer at Bliss, said:
“Big Steps for Small Feet was a chance for baby and loss charities to unite as one showing that when we work together, we can achieve even more for babies.
“We are so impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment Ella, Kate, Oliver and Abbie have shown in raising money and awareness of Bliss.
“The money they have raised will help ensure our charity can continue our mission to ensure that every baby born in the UK has the best possible chance of survival and quality of life and continue providing support for parents during and after their time in neonatal care.”
Please visit Ella’s JustGiving fundraising page to donate.