Who are The PPBF?
The Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation was set up by three times World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx MBE and his wife Jo in 2003 following the premature births of both of their children. Andy and Jo felt that the support they received during and after each birth was amazing and this inspired them to form the PPBF.
The Foundation comprises four Trustees, Andy Priaulx, Jo Priaulx, Richard Le Tocq and Guy Hardill, and our Secretary, Ali Lihou, who assists Jo with the day-to-day running of the charity. The primary aim of the charity is to raise money to assist the local Neo Natal Unit and to provide support to the families of premature babies.
What do we do?
The Foundation has raised in excess of £250,000 since 2003. The money raised is used to purchased equipment for the local neonatal unit and in the past this has included items such as a cerebral monitor, incubator, ventilators, training aids such as an advanced simulator doll. There are many smaller, but equally important items that are given to the unit such as breast pumps, relaxing chairs and a much used camera & printer.
The PPBF put together ‘baby boxes’ which contain many premature baby items including clothing and nappies, as well gifts for the new baby and Mum. These are given in a decorative box which can then used as a keepsake box.
Assistance is also given to families and children of the Bailiwick suffering serious or life threatening conditions. In the past such support has involved purchasing specialist equipment for the car or home, or supporting parents so that they can stay with their children whilst receiving treatment off island.
The PPBF manages a two bedroom, furnished, apartment in Southampton situated next to the Princess Anne hospital and across the road from the General Hospital.
Jo and Ali regularly meet with paediatrician, Dr Sandie Bohin, and neonatal staff, to establish long term and short term goals and ensure that the monies raised are put to best use.
Jo & Andy Priaulx
Jo and Andy Priaulx founded the PPBF in 2003, following the premature birth of their own children, Seb and Danniella. Triple World Touring Cars champion Andy and his wife Jo are 100% committed to helping all premature babies born in the Bailiwick and their families.
Richard Le Tocq
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Richard Le Tocq C.Dir FCCA FCII is the charity’s third founding trustee and treasurer. A financial services professional with more than 20 years experience in senior roles, Richard’s role for the successful charity is as an independent trustee providing governance and strategic input.
Ali is Jo’s right-hand woman and joined the PPBF in 2009. Married to Adrian, Ali has a young son, Albie, and helps with all aspects of the charity. In 2013, Ali ran the Berlin marathon in aid of the PPBF and this year will complete the Jersey marathon.
Guy became a trustee of the PPBF in 2016 and has been an incredibly hardworking volunteer for the charity over the years. Guy has a son called Jake who was born at 29 weeks in 2010 and following this experience, the family became closely involved in supporting the PPBF’s work.