In April of 2018 I will be trekking to the North Pole, enduring freezing temperatures in one of Earth’s most hostile environments. I’ll be taking up this challenge for a cause that can affect every single one of us - one that does not discriminate and has the power to change our lives forever.
Every year, 15 million families around the world are affected by the tragedy of preterm birth. 1 million babies born too soon each year die, and countless more are left with a lifetime of disability. That’s 60,000 babies in the UK. Too many families left heartbroken. And we do not know enough to stop it.
Only by focusing on research will we find the answers to the problems that too often accompany childbirth, and yet there is insufficient funding for pioneering new research to develop new treatments to prolong pregnancy, and to understand the causes of preterm birth, so that we can put a stop to this tragic and enormous level of loss.
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Thank you so much,