What is so important about a blanket? A blanket for a baby, specifically? A blanket keeps a baby warm, a blanket gives a baby comfort – but not all babies have a blanket to feel this.
This is why Dettol and Rachel Stevens have launched the Dettol Baby Blanket Donation campaign.
Laboratory tests commissioned by Dettol (on washed blankets donated by volunteer mums) showed that baby blankets carry a variety of bacteria even after a 40C wash – with a third of the blankets harbouring coliforms, a group of bacteria linked to faeces. Around the world, 50 babies a minute are born into poverty and don’t even have this luxury and comfort of a washed blanket. The poor hygiene conditions they will experience can contribute to illnesses such as diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration.
Dettol and Rachel want you to keep the memories, not the bacteria, of your babies blanket.
|Celebrity mum of two, Rachel Stevens|
How can you do this? All you have to is send a blanket via Freepost and share your special recollections and photographs across social media with the hashtag #sharethememories. Once the blankets are collected they will be washed with Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser and then re-distributed to families in need. (Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser kills 99.9% of bacteria even below 30C). For every blanket collected, Dettol have also pledged to donate £1 to children’s medical research charity Sparks, to raise much needed funds for families in the UK with children affected by serious illness or disability.
Blankets will be collected until the end of December. You can share your memories on Twitter to @DettolBlanket with the #sharethememories hashtag, or Dettol’s Mission for Health Facebook page. For full details on how to donate visit www.dettol.co.uk/donate. The address to send your blankets to (via Freepost with no stamp required) is:
Dettol Baby Blanket Donation
The Hay Loft
Balcombe Place Stables.
pregnant and then lost our little miracle at 10(+3) weeks gestation after a miscarriage at home. My husband
& I were obviously both absolutely devastated and we just about managed to get through Christmas
after the heartbreak, knowing what should have been. I never thought it would happen to me, that I would be a statistic of miscarriage, and I felt so withdrawn and depressed.
In the new year I discovered Saying Goodbye via Twitter, and Zoe & the team and their posts on there and Facebook helped me so much through the
grieving process. I learned to cope better thanks to the help of Zoe
and the rest of the truly amazing team.
services later this year, to stand and say goodbye to my baby, alongside others who have
also suffered this horrendous experience. But without donations and fundraising, these
services wouldn’t be able to happen and hundreds of people wouldn’t get this chance.
I am terrified, but this is why I am jumping out of a plane at 13,000 feet for
our angel, and to represent 1,000 of the 254,000 babies who are lost each year
through miscarriage and still birth.
I need to raise a minimum of £395 to be able to jump (I am still so far off this target), and understandably I really want to do
it so I would like to raise much MUCH more than this as it means so much to me.
So I need your help – please retweet this, share it on Facebook, Google, or even better – donate! I will be very grateful for any size of donation, it all adds up.
Thank you, so so much.
I think everybody around the world knows the importance of breakfast.
|Ancient Egyptian bread like Cleopatra VII…|
|…Or pound cake, tea, toast and cocoa like Jane Austen?|
|Maybe Umphokoqo like Nelson Mandela…|
|…Or perhaps Sops (stale bread in milk) like William Shakespeare?|
|Or you may want to go the route of Winston Churchill and have poached egg, cold meats, toast and grapefruit.|
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