Tiny Tickers' Heart Week 7th - 14th FEB

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

When I saw a tweet by the ladies over at Tiny Tickers Charity asking for #bloggers to help them spread the word about #HeartWeek, I knew it was something I wanted to get involved in. Now, I should point out that I personally do not want to have children. I'm 32 now and am happy with the choices I've made as a woman to not be a mother, but that doesn't mean I don't support children's charities, because I do. They are so very precious and need to be protected and be given a voice because they do not yet have one of their own. 

I wanted to shine a light on this amazing charity and highlight this cause because, simply put, I couldn't bear it if one of my dear friends had a child with an undiagnosed heart condition. I have seen the light my friend's children bring to their parents eyes and Tiny Tickers being the small charity that it is, I  felt they deserved a little recognition and support from the amazing blogging community. So let me explain a little more......

Tiny Tickers is a small national charity that aims to improve the detection, care and treatment of congenital heart disease (CHD) in babies.  Tiny Tickers provides specialist training to health professionals and sonographers so they are better equipped to identify a heart defect during a pregnancy scan. They support parents and families dealing with a diagnosis, and they raise awareness of heart defects in babies so that parents know what signs to look out for.

When heart problems are detected during pregnancy, babies get treatment from the first possible moment – and early detection is shown to greatly improve their chance of survival and long-term quality of life, and lowers the risk of side-effects of heart failure such as brain damage. 

February is National Heart Month over at Tiny Tickers, the baby hearts charity and they are asking us to support Heart Week between 7th - 14th February 2016. Heart Week is a chance for us all to join together to help babies born with serious heart conditions by raising vital funds and awareness.

Heart Week will help raise vital funds and awareness for the 1,000 babies who are sent home from hospitals every year with an undetected heart condition. Can you imagine how awful it must be for those parents?? To take their new bundle of joy home, only to have to race back to hospital, days, or sometimes even hours later, because something is seriously wrong with them??

Martha’s condition was thankfully picked up during pregnancy. Her story perfectly explains how lifesaving early detection can be. Meet Martha here 

Worried that your baby could be one of those 1000?? Or do you have friends that are worried about their own little one?? 

Here are 5 signs that can help you (and them) and could potentially save lives:

Think HEART points to a range of symptoms that, although non-specific, may be signs of an underlying heart defect - reducing oxygenated blood flow and needing urgent attention:

  • Heart rate: too fast or slow? (normally 100 to 160 beats per minute)

  • Energy & Feeding: sleepy, quiet, floppy, too tired to feed or falling asleep during feeds?

  • Appearance: a pale, waxy, dusky, blue, purple, mottled or grey colour may mean that not enough oxygenated, red blood is getting to the body (normal oxygen saturations are 95-100%)

  • Respiration: breathing too fast or slow? (normally 40-60 breaths per minute)

  • Temperature: cold to touch - particularly hands and feet?

If your baby (or a friends) is displaying any of these signs (or a few together) then PLEASE take them to A+E and get them seen by a Paediatrician. 

If you want to get involved in raising money/awareness for #HeartWeek it couldn't be easier! 

Here are some ideas: 

Sign up to receive your #HeartWeek Pack, complete with posters, a 'Guess the Number of sweets' game and loads of tips and ideas! 

Organise a Tea for Tiny Ticker's event, or have a 'wear your silliest outfit' day at work, or sponsor someone to walk to work all week! I'm sure you can come up with some crazy and not to crazy ideas!

Go to the Tiny Ticker's Facebook  and play their 'Guess the Love Hearts' Game!  

How about you and a few of your #blogger mates get together, create silly hats, take pictures and post them on your Twitter with the #lovemyhat hashtag!? You could even win prizes from the guys over at Swizzles Matlow! 

I hope I've educated you a little bit as well as perhaps made you think about you could support Tiny Tickers this #HeartWeek If you DO wear a silly hat, i'd love to see them!! =) Just tag me in the photos - sunshinesarahxo - and I'll RT them so everyone can see!! =D 

Thanks for taking the time to read this important post. Don't forget to check out the Tiny Ticker's Social Media for more information. 


Don't forget to REGISTER HERE   to get your free Heart Week pack, including your Love Hearts 'Guess the Number of Sweets' game. 

For more information please contact Jenni Cowlishaw – Senior Fundraiser; / 07894 553 476
Tiny Tickers Registered charity number 1078114 – 76, Chiswick Lane, London W4 2LA

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