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Joanne's River Rat Race 2013 Raising Funds For Special Care Baby Unit at North Tees Hospital

taking part in the river rat race for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund because of the great and wonderful work they all do

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North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust Charitable Fund

North Tees & Hartlepool NHS FT Charitable Fund is a separate charity working with the NHS in Stockton and Hartlepool. Donations and funds raised are used to enhance those aspects of patient care and staff development which are not funded by the NHS. All donations are greatly appreciated.

Charity Registration No. 1057682


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with out the help and support from staff, the high levels of technology, 4 of my 5 children would not be here today. pregnancy is a wonderful thing  and majority of people turn up at 40 weeks have a baby and take it home the same day or the day after,

But when your only 26 weeks pregnant and your waters go, what , who, when, help,  your babys life is in the hands of some wonderful people. you have to watch your baby have wires, ventilators, needles, nappies the size of a panty liner, every single machine beeping and bliping, bottle and pumps, screens and screens with numbers on them, every single noise alarm, u panick. this tiny life should still be inside of u now and not here, and you are helpless to do anythinig not even  cuddle your baby, if your lucky u can touch them. but there is always a but, it isnt as straigh forward as u think, every minute things can change, from yep were doing good to giving last rights. to hope to none. and every third day is weigh day and u hold your breathe, in hope of an ounce agained in weight, an ounce. u watch them mahines and hope. sometimes after weeks and weeks and weeks 6,7 or even 10 plus weeks of hope you leave with your baby. but it is scary. this bundle of joy who has been kept safe and wathed over by those aunties and uncles on the ward (staff) there are not with u, but they are just a phone call away. but it takes a  long time to not watch them to ensure they are alive and breathing, the slightest cough, not feeding properly is the most scary time. because your alone in your own home. but one thing i have learnt from them is never give up because they never did , esp Harry dr Harry  sorry i can not spell his surname but my oldest daughter whom she calls him her uncle. and was admint her other 3 siblings had to be looked after by him, she fought a few years ago to keep him and the wonderful services they provide. each year i do the rat race for a charity and every year my children help me chose a one and this year they have chosen my charity, they would love me to do the rat race this year for the special care baby unit to say thank you for helping them to be here today, i have to agree and those whom know me and my tribe know how much they mean to us to. so this is why i am doing the river rat race again its a 6 mile trek in yes in and arround the river tees,  google river rat race stockton. yep im doing it again. im terrified of heights and i have to walk over newport bridge, and walk the plank off the endvor ship, (optional). i shall be dressed as a nurse again, and im in wave 6 starting at 12.40. on sunday 25th aug so if ur about please come down and cheer me on. now thank you for reading my story. please help me raise money for a wonderful unit that deserves so much more. thank you joanne xx   



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