The HHDBA committee is delighted to announce that they have chosen to support not one but two local charities for the forthcoming year, so please look out for events in the future to help raise money for these charities. They are Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project  and Group B Strep.

Lucy Pond is absolutely thrilled that Aidan’s Christmas Dinner Project was chosen as one of the charities to be supported by HHDBA next year. They provide Christmas Dinners and hampers to families spending Christmas caring for their sick children at the Royal Alex Children’s Hospital in Brighton, in memory of their son Aidan. Aidan sadly passed away at the Royal Alex aged just 19 months in 2014 from mitochondrial disease. They spent his last Christmas there but the NHS are unable to provide families with any food on Christmas Day only their patients so we set up the project to change this. Every year each family is provided with a hamper containing everything they need for a Christmas Dinner and our wonderful volunteers come to the hospital to cook it for them. Each hamper costs £60 and we aim to provide 55 each year. To find out more about the project please visit our Facebook Page.

In the UK one baby a week is still dying from group B Strep infection

Group B Strep (GBS or Strep B) is a bacterium unknowingly carried by around 20-30% of women. It’s very rarely dangerous to adults, though is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis. It is also the most common cause of meningitis in babies during their first 3 months of life.

On average in the UK:
2 babies a day develop group B Strep infection
1 baby a week dies from group B Strep infection
1 baby a week survives with disability
The charity is raising awareness of group B Strep by releasing a Fact of the Day on social media about group B Strep.

Dr Chris Steele MBE, resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning and a Patron of Group B Strep Support, says:

“Group B Strep infections in newborn babies can usually be prevented. I’d like to see every pregnant woman in the UK offered testing for GBS – this test is a routine part of antenatal care in many countries including Canada, France, Germany and the USA. Until then, raising awareness is the key to saving babies’ lives. Get informed and protect your baby.”

Jane Plumb MBE, Chief Executive of Group B Strep Support says:

“Every new and expectant mother should be informed about group B Strep during routine antenatal care and, if pregnant women want to be tested for it, the ‘gold standard’ ECM test should be available on the NHS.

Most group B Strep infections in newborn babies can be prevented. Knowing whether a Mum carries group B Strep enables her to make an informed decision about what’s right for her and her unborn baby.”