Friday, 30 September 2016

24 hour live charity gaming event in aid of Pregnancy Sickness Support ... by Tom Howes


On 11th November 2016 I will be streaming Destiny on the PS4 for 24 hours, a live charity event on Twitch, with help from The Speakers Secret Stash clan mates and the community to join me along the way.

Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS) is aiming to raise money to place its leaflets in the Bounty packs that new parents are given at their first midwife appointment. This would give PSS the potential to reach every single mum-to-be in the UK with details of the support the charity can provide. This will ensure that more women struggling to cope with severe pregnancy sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum are able to access the vital support and treatment they need.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) is not widely known but has serious consequences for a lot of women, their partners and families. HG affects only 1% of women with pregnancy sickness and is extremely unpleasant for sufferers. 1 in 100-150 women will be admitted to hospital due to the severity of their condition. It is a severe and potentially life threatening condition which can have a profound effect on the sufferer's health and well being.

Families have been torn apart because they simply cannot cope with seeing their partner so severely unwell. There are cases where the sickness is so bad that women  end up tearing their oesophagus and having to have it rebuilt.

My partner was diagnosed with Hyperemises Gravidarum.

A large part of her pregnancies were spent in hospital, being on a constant drip allowing rehydration and medicine. This was an extremely challenging time for our family, one I cannot even begin to describe. My partner was bed bound up to the last few weeks of pregnancy, when she was only able to move downstairs. I cannot even recall how many ambulances we had called to the house. We really struggled and were moments away from termination.

Pregnancy Sickness Support runs a national support network for women suffering any degree of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, to access support and comfort at times of isolation and distress.

My partner received advice and spoke to women who have been through exactly the same thing as she was going through. This provided the massive support we needed. Without help from Pregnancy Sickness Support our family would not be what it is today.

Please sponsor me to enable me to give something back to the charity that did so much for Me, Tori, Honor, Hope and Ted.

You can donate by texting NOHG16 £amount (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070 or via my sponsorship page - please click here. Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. Live gaming for charity. It's a very unique concept indeed. Could you let me know how was the charity and how much donation you've received?

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