To me, charity work is important, especially when it contributes towards saving little lives. There are so many fabulous ways to raise money: marathons; sponsored walks; afternoon teas and….
Being neither a runner or a particularly good baker (despite running around after a gaggle of children and being rather partial to cake), I donate a percentage of royalties to baby charities. (For more about the wonderful charities I support, please see here).
And the snot…?
Courtesy of a Little Robot.
Robo-Snot is out on 6th October (just in time for sneeze-season) and is donating 5% of royalties to a wonderful charity called Ickle Pickles. There’s a special and personal reason why this book is donating to this particular charity. To find out more, please visit an earlier blog post here.
As many people may not have heard of Ickle Pickles, here’s an interview with one of the team members, Lorraine Blackburn:
Robo-Snot is donating 5% of author royalties to Ickle Pickles. Can you tell us a bit about the charity?
The Ickle Pickles Children’s Charity raises money to purchase lifesaving equipment to help and support premature and sick babies on Neonatal Units up and down the country.
How did the charity begin?
The charity was set up by Rachael and Andy Marsh after their first son Charlie arrived prematurely at 28 weeks.
They wanted to support the Neonatal Unit that cared for their son and to give something back to say ‘Thank You’. Ickle Pickles was born….
What sort of projects and activities is the charity involved in?
At Ickle Pickles we are a very small team. Although we are a national charity we work with a local focus involving volunteers and ex neonatal unit parents and supporting our increasingly wonderful amount of people that fundraise for us.
We organise sponsored events including walks, runs, abseil and tandem parachute jumps to name a few. We also annually host our Incubator Ball and Summer Parties.
What are your hopes for the charity’s future?
Our aim to grow the charity and support as many Neonatal Units as possible. We would like to grow our network of Ambassadors and volunteers to make this possible.
If someone wanted to help Ickle Pickles, what could they do?
There are so many ways you can get involved. You could take part in a sponsored event, set up your own event, or even offer us your time. Time is something that money cannot buy and with help and volunteers we can reach so many new units and support more families going through the Neonatal journey.
We are very grateful to the followers of the charity and their support. We would love to spread the word a little more about who we are and what we do. You never know when you, or someone you know may require the use of a Neonatal Unit.
If you do one thing today, please tell someone about Ickle Pickles and check out our website: www.icklepickles.org and follow us on social media: Facebook – The Ickle Pickles. Twitter – @icklepickles
Email: Lorraine Blackburn – firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, Lorraine and all the best to everyone at Ickle Pickles!