24th October 2019
LEADING North East private scan clinic
franchise Window To The Womb has joined the ranks as the latest corporate
partner for leading local neonatal charity Leo’s.
The franchise, run by husband and wife
Iona and David Harries, will now support the fast-growing charity with its
latest project, aiming to raise more than £7,000 to fund ‘heartbeat’ bears for neonatal
families on the neonatal units at North Durham Hospital, Darlington Memorial
Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital.
The teams will be working with Leo’s
other corporate partner Kalma Baby to help raise these vital funds thanks to a
huge sponsored ‘yogathon’, and a children’s festival event with many of the
region’s leading children’s providers.
Leo’s-Fest is taking place on September
14th at Gateshead International Stadium from 11am-3pm where
children’s activity providers including ARTventurers, Nemo Swimming, Tumbles
& Grumbles, Little Movers and more will be on hand to entertain children of
all ages. The event has been sponsored by Nemo Swimming, Classes 4 Kids and
Morton Michel Insurance.
The heartbeat bears are primarily used in
the scan clinic to record baby’s heartbeat in utero by the sonographers. The
bears have a special recording device which captures baby’s heartbeat before
it’s placed into a dedicated teddy bear.
Harries, Registered Midwife and owner of the Window To The Womb, which has three clinics based in Middlesbrough, Darlington and Durham, said: “What an honour, to be asked to
be part of the Leo’s team. As midwife I have seen first-hand how devastating
this time can be for mummies and families.
To The Womb the well-being of mother and baby are paramount, we saw this
opportunity as a perfect partnership with our core values. The work Lottie and
her team have already started is outstanding and we had to be a part of it.
Window to the Womb is Looking forward to the future by looking after loads of
families together with Leo’s.”
Leo’s aims to have these bears for
families on three of the neonatal units it supports to help reduce separation
anxiety between parents and their baby. The charity hopes the bears will also help
improve breast milk expressing and can be a permanent keepsake for the families
whose baby will heartbreakingly not survive.
Lottie King, Founder of Leo’s, said: “We
are absolutely delighted to have Window To The Womb as our newest corporate
partner. When we heard about the heartbeat bears, we knew they would be perfect
for the neonatal families we care for, and we were thrilled when Iona and David
offered to help us with this project and by coming on to support the work we
“These bears, we hope, will reduce the impact
on our families’ mental health. By being able to give them something to hold
and take with them when they can’t be at the unit which contains their baby’s
heartbeat will bring comfort. Being apart from your baby is incredibly
distressing, and many of our team know that first-hand.
“We also want these bears to be given to
the families, like mine, won’t ever be able to take their baby home. As a
parent, there is no greater pain than losing your baby. If we can provide
something with a heartbeat recording of their baby or babies for them to keep
forever, I’m hopeful this will be an incredibly precious keepsake.”
If you can’t make the event and would
like to purchase a heartbeat bear as part of Leo’s campaign, head to https://leos.charitycheckout.co.uk/cf/buy-a-heartbeat-bear or follow the charity on social media @leosneonatal to keep
up-to-date with fundraising efforts. All bears purchased via the campaign page
can be named and can be donated with a message from the buyer.
Leo’s supports families across the North
East who have had sick or premature babies, it works with neonatal units at The
James Cook University Hospital, North Durham Hospital, Darlington Memorial
Hospital, The Northern Neonatal Network, maternity services at The University
Hospital of North Tees. Leo’s are also the founders of the world’s first and
only awareness week dedicated to neonatal mental health.