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Parents and toddlers dive into charitable event to help fund miscarriage research

Emily Fish 29th Jun, 2017

PARENTS and toddlers are diving into fundraising for a baby charity which funds research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.

Water Babies is offering swimming classes and activities across Coventry as part of its campaign to raise money for the charity Tommy’s.

The series of Splashathon events – including swimming a width in superhero fancy dress – will see hundreds of babies aged between 12 weeks and four years raise money.

The events coincide with the charity’s research, which found:

· 59 per cent of mothers with children aged zero to three experience feelings of loneliness daily.

· One in ten feel they lack support from those around them during the first years of a child’s birth.

· One in five spend more than 12 hours alone with their baby at weekends.

The research also showed over a quarter of new mothers found social physical activity, such as baby yoga or swimming, gave them the most support in terms of improving their own mental well-being.

The charity campaign, which is taking place nationwide throughout this month and next month, has been officially launched by former Saturday’s singer and mum-of-two Una Healy.

Una recently took part in a photoshoot to celebrate the launch with her children, Aoife, five, and Tadgh, two.

Having raised more than £816,000 in 2015, this year’s Splashathon hopes to break the £1 million mark.

The money raised could help up to 60,000 families visit Tommy’s National Centre for miscarriage research, and realise their dream of having a baby.

For more information on the Splashathon, including how to donate to Tommy’s, visit www.tommys.org/splash

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