East of England residents called to nominate their Healthcare Heroes for the Tommy’s Awards

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Baby charity Tommy’s is calling for parents across the East of England to thank the special men and women who cared for their baby during its first tentative days, or supported them through a difficult pregnancy, by nominating them for a Tommy’s Healthcare Hero or Miracle Worker Award.

Each year, one in four women in the UK will experience the heartache of losing a baby through complications causing miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth, and another 60,000 babies will be born too soon. In the East of England more than 4,000 babies are born prematurely each year [i]

The Tommy’s Awards 2014 will honour families who have braved pregnancy complications or bounced back against the odds, and recognise the medical professionals who have gone above and beyond to support parents during difficult times.

The charity is calling on parents to nominate the individuals, medical teams or baby units in their local community who they will never forget, whether it’s a midwife who has helped them through a complication or a doctor who has helped nurse a premature baby to full health.

This year, Tommy’s has partnered with parenting club Bounty to help give a special thanks to local health workers with the two awards:

The Danone Baby Nutrition Healthcare Hero Award goes to a healthcare professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the care of individuals or the overall healthcare of pregnant women.

The Hologic Miracle Workers Award gives parents the chance to thank those Special Care Baby Unit and Delivery Suite miracle workers who fought to give their premature baby every chance when facing a difficult start in life.

Nominations are now open and can be made via the Bounty website. Bounty will donate £1 to Tommy’s for every vote cast.

Tommy’s Chief Executive, Jane Brewin, says:

“The path to parenthood can be tough for the whole family, and anyone who has faced pregnancy complications or had a premature baby knows the difference that the care and support of healthcare professionals can make.

“We want to encourage parents to nominate their local health professionals who’ve been a source of comfort and support during times of hardship. We’d like to help parents to say thank you for the difference they’ve made, and celebrate the achievements of these special people.”

For a full list of the awards and to nominate someone special in your life, visit www.bounty.com/tommys-awards-2014. Nominations close on Friday 6 December.

Winners will receive their awards at a star-studded ceremony in London on Friday March 21 2014.