The Bank of England last night held a very special banknote auction, featuring a select group of low and interesting numbers of the new Polymer £5 note, with proceeds being split between Bliss, The Myotubular Trust and The Lily Foundation. The auction raised £194,500 in total, with over £64,000 coming to Bliss!
This fantastic sum of money will help Bliss to improve the lives of babies born sick or premature through the continued rollout of our Baby Charter across neonatal units around the UK.
The Bliss Baby Charter places parents at the centre of their child’s care, ensuring they are involved in decisions and signposting them to further support when needed. Increased parental involvement in neonatal care has been shown to improve long term outcomes for babies, and by supporting neonatal units to adopt best practice of family-centred care, the Bliss Baby Charter helps to reduce parental anxiety, improve relations between parents and staff and free up nurse time.
Our vision is that all babies born premature or sick get the best possible chance in life, and through initiatives like the Bliss Baby Charter, this wonderful donation from the Bank of England auction can help us to make this a reality.
Bliss was chosen to benefit from the auction after being nominated by Simon Scorer, who works for the bank. Simon’s son Ben was born early, at 26 weeks and weighing only 1lb 13oz. Simon and his wife Vicky found the information and support available from Bliss a tremendous help as they coped with life on the neonatal unit and at home when Ben was discharged on oxygen, after 12 weeks in hospital.
Everyone here at Bliss would like to say a huge thank you to Simon and the Bank of England for this most generous donation – and to the bidders on the night of course!