Been playing this game for a little while now, it's a great little distraction!
I work in the industry as a Powerplant Engineer based in West Sussex, UK - I've always been interested in aviation, with both parents working in the industry it's kind of in my blood!
I thought I would share with you something that happened to my fiancée and I just before Christmas, it certainly puts life in perspective!
Our little daughter, Millie, was delivered by Emergency Caesarean in the early hours of Friday 12th December at just 24 weeks and 6 days. She was almost immediately transferred to St George's in Tooting for specialist care in the Neonatal Unit but sadly passed away in her Mum's arms on Wednesday 17th December. She had suffered level 4 bleeding on both sides of the brain and despite being a little fighter there was nothing that could be done to help her and we had to make the toughest decision of our lives.
That's enough about us, the point of my post was to raise awareness for an amazing charity we have been fortunate (or unfortunate depending how you look at it) enough to have come across in the last week, First Touch. They raise money for the babies, parents and staff on the Neonatal Unit at St Georges hospital. They provide equipment, parent welfare and staff training amongst other things for the NNU. St George's care for up to 40 babies at any one time, over 500 per year and it costs more than £1,200 per night to care for one baby! We have found out, unofficially, that First Touch provide up to 75% of the equipment on the unit! A huge amount.
Check them out at http://www.first-touch.org.uk
Equally, we were hugely impressed with the NHS - something that I think many (including me) take for granted until you actually need it. Every single member of staff we met were amazing and truly inspirational - if any of you on AWS work for the NHS in any role then thank you so much for the incredible work you do in often very tough circumstances! We're so lucky in this country to have a world class health service available to us. My fiancée lost a huge amount of blood during her operation and received a blood transfusion, as did little Millie who received four. Thank you also to every one who donates blood, I have never done it before but have already booked myself in for my first donation on January 6th.
In Millie's memory we have set up a Just Giving page to raise some money for First Touch - https://www.justgiving.com/Millie-Kynoch
Now I appreciate that there are thousands upon thousands of charities out there and that charity is a very personal thing. I also know that there is always someone in a worse position than yourself and that these kinds of things happen probably more than we know. I'm not asking for donations but if you feel compelled to do so then it would genuinely be hugely appreciated by many, many people.
At the very least, please give a thought to the parents, babies and staff at the Neonatal Unit at St George's, and indeed the entire NHS workforce at this Christmas/New Year - let's raise a glass to them this festive period! They are amazing!
Thanks for reading.