The PPBF has a big idea. To turn a dream into a reality.
Over the next three years, in partnership with Investec, the charity is planning on raising £150,000 to buy a property – The Burrow – within a short walking distance of Southampton Hospital.
‘The Burrow’ is the largest and most exciting project the charity has undertaken so far.
Providing accommodation a stone’s throw from the Hospital makes a huge difference to day-to-day life for local families with a child in the Hospital – as co-founder of the PPBF, Jo Priaulx, knows all too well.
‘From personal experience it can be a very stressful time when you suddenly find yourself away from home, totally unprepared and with a new, often very sick baby who is receiving specialist care. The last thing you want is to be worrying about where you are going to stay and how you are going to get to go and see your baby each day,’ she said.
The Burrow will increase the properties owned and managed by the charity. Two years ago, they were gifted the use of a flat by a generous supporter of the PPBF, which has been in almost constant use by island families. Jo said it had really highlighted the need for such a facility and they were delighted at the prospect of being able to increase the accommodation they were already able to provide.
‘Having a premature or poorly child in a UK hospital is a very difficult, uncertain time, particularly for Channel Island families.
‘We hope that being able to offer them somewhere safe and comfortable to stay will help ease the pressure at a worrying and stressful time,’ said Jo.
Brick by brick
As part of our grand plan, we will soon be launching our BUY-A-BRICK campaign. One of the key fundraising efforts planned over the next three years, the initiative will give islanders the opportunity to leave a very personal mark on the new house.
For just a £5 donation, you can ‘Buy a Brick’. Every penny of each and every donation made will go directly towards the cost of The Burrow. Then we hope you will tell your friends, tell your family, share the initiative on Twitter and Facebook and encourage as many people as you can to get involved.
If the community digs deep, our dreams can come true and we can continue to help and support the island’s most vulnerable babies and their families.
Look out on our website for regular news and updates.