Supporting organisations and hospitals

Want to know which organisations are supporting Neonatal Mental Health Awareness Week and helping raise awareness? We’ve got them listed right here.



The Sick Children’s Trust believes keeping families together significantly improves the recovery of seriously ill children. They provide free, high-quality ‘Home from Home’ accommodation, as well as emotional and practical support, to families with sick children in hospital in the UK.



Borne is a medical research charity working to identify the causes of premature birth to save lives, prevent disability and create lifelong health for mothers and babies. Find out more:



The Smallest Things was founded in 2014 by Catriona Ogilvy following the premature birth of both her sons. As an occupational therapist in the NHS, having spent time working on a large neonatal unit, Catriona thought she knew all about premature birth… that was before she had lived the reality of the neonatal intensive care unit as a mother and life beyond.



NEC UK is the first charity in the UK exclusively for the condition Necrotising Enterocolitis (NEC).Our organisation is parent led and primarily offers support to families affected by the condition at any stage of their journey.


Elsie’s Moon was set up in memory of Elsie Stevie Padgett to support families when pregnancy doesn’t go to plan. They provide beautiful comfort and early loss packs as the work they do.



The Ickle Pickles offers a unique opportunity to help vulnerable babies at a critical time in their lives.  Their long-term plan is to become the charity partner for 150 neonatal units and to donate vital equipment to every neonatal unit in England & Wales.


Bliss’ vision is that every baby born sick or premature in the UK has the best chance of survival.


Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.


First Touch was set up in 1998 to support the babies, families and staff on the neonatal unit at St George’s Hospital. The money raised by funders goes directly in to funding equipment and projects to improve outcomes for families and their babies.



Isla’s Journey was set up in 2018 after baby Isla was born at 24 weeks. Since then, her parents have set up a dedicated charity to provide care packages to neonatal units.


The NICU Foundation works closely with the South West Neonatal Network to provide equipment, training and support for parents.


SSNAP, located in the John Radcliffe Hospital , is the charity dedicated to supporting the families of sick and premature babies. We provide emotional and practical support to families, we fund innovative and life changing equipment and our research fellowships will ensure lasting change to how babies are cared for and treated in neonatal units here in the UK and around the world.



vCreate is an NHS Trusted Secure Video Messaging service that allows clinical teams in Neonatal and Paediatric Units to send video updates to parents for those times when they’re unable to be with their child.



Tommy’s funds research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provide pregnancy health information to parents. Tommy’s believes it is unacceptable that one in four women lose a baby during pregnancy and birth. They want every parent to have the best possible pregnancy outcomes and to take home happy, healthy babies.


The Irish Neonatal Health Alliance provides pre-conceptual, antenatal and post natal information and education. Support and mentor families affected by a premature birth and families with infants in the NICU. Empower families to become primary caregivers to their infants. Facilitate a platform to access developmental follow up care.



The Friends of the Neonatal Unit supports families with sick and premature babies on the neonatal unit at the Aberdeen Maternity Hospital. They provide an array of support for the unit including funding a neonatal counsellor, medical equipment, redecoration of parent bedrooms and more…

We are delighted to announce that we will be supported by the following neonatal units: Leeds General Infirmary, Royal Preston Hospital, The James Cook University Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Stepping Hill Hospital, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Royal Derby Hospital and Poole Hospital. We are also supported by the Northern Neonatal Network.

Facts & Figures

79% of parents said a neonatal stay affected their mental health

Leo’s saw a 337% increase in need due to COVID-19

Did you know, reading to your baby in the NICU helps their development?

Leo's Neonatal

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