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THE RESOLUTION DAES PROJECT
Resolution Daes has been set up to help raise further awareness of issues arising from dyslexia, and to help create more support for people with dyslexia, and active dyslexia charities.
One of the projects main aims is to promote further understanding of the hidden costs of dyslexia, and the implications of not supporting those with dyslexia properly.
Currently many children, and adults with dyslexia, particularly undiagnosed dyslexia, may become lost within the education, employment, unemployment and prison systems, and Resolution Daes intends to end this continued cycle.
Some of the ways Resolution Daes aims to do this is by holding dyslexia awareness music events, promoting dyslexia awareness campaigns, and continuing to gain support from recognized individuals, groups and organizations, in the hope that this will help to create a more powerful impact on raising further awareness and support for those still struggling with dyslexia.
Resolution Daes is currently organizing dyslexia awareness music events around the country to try, and help raise more support for children, and adults with dyslexia.
This year one of the main aims of Resolution Daes is to start the process of gaining public support to help make all schools dyslexia friendly.
Making schools dyslexia friendly will help ensure thousands of dyslexic children receive the support they need.
Resolution Daes has started an online epetition in collaboration with it's music events to help do this.
Please take a moment to show your support, and sign the epetition below.
WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?
Dyslexia is a label for a specific set of learning difficulties. It has been called "The Invisible Disability" and, in the medical field, dyslexia is still a mystery, with no certainty as to what causes the condition or whether it is a condition in the first place. More importantly, dyslexia may mask invisible abilities and is believed by some to be an inherent gift or talent (source: "Adult Dyslexia: A Guide" by Charmaine Michelson).
Dyslexia varies between individuals. This learning difference is irrespective of age, gender or background/ethnic origin and can occur at any level of intellectual ability. Problems generally associated with dyslexia are poor short-term memory and numeracy and literacy skills, despite otherwise adequate or above average intellectual capabilities.
People with dyslexia process information in unique ways and a range of talents such as problem solving and creativity are strongly linked with dyslexia.
It's estimated that around 6 million people, 1 in 10, including some 375,000 schoolchildren in the UK have dyslexia. One in 25 is affected to the extent that they will need specialist assessments and teaching to realize their full potential. (Source: Dyslexia Action, UK).
A survey carried out by Dyslexia Action revealed that 56% of parents did not believe that their children, with dyslexia, received "adequate support" in state schools. Further, the survey revealed that less than 12% of those children received extra help from their teachers,
Many adults with undetected dyslexia feel badly let down by the education system and often feel that they have wasted lives. They can experience low self-esteem, feelings of isolation, frustration, under-achievement and a constant struggle to compete fairly not just in society but also in employment and further education.
In the unemployed and homeless population, large numbers of people with dyslexia have never received help and are still undiagnosed. This further demonstrates the result of the lack of understanding and support available for these people.
The problems that can arise from this are further emphasized by The Dyspel Project, which, in partnership with the Probation Service, identified high ratios of dyslexia among offenders. In a 1995 study, Dyspel found that 52% of young offenders interviewed were dyslexic. With the numbers of those in prison or subject to probation orders at around 110,000, this could mean that up to 55,000 are dyslexic.
New reports have been carried out within the prison services by Dyslexia Action unfortunately these statistics still remain relatively the same.
A study in Louisiana, USA, showed a 25% reduction in re-offending by addressing dyslexic problems.
Dyslexia tends to run in families and usually continues throughout life, but does not need to be a hindrance or disability, providing the signs are recognized and the appropriate training and/or use of effective learning strategies are given, many of the difficulties with dyslexia can be overcome.
For further information on Recognising Dyslexia, Assessments, Tuition and Funding please visit www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
FUNDING FOR ASSESSMENT AND TUITION
Dyslexia Action Fund and Bursary Fund (Scotland) – Helps with tuition fees (and occasionally assessment fees) may be available, but funds are very limited. Ask your local Dyslexia Action Centre for details.?
Education Trusts –Listed in the Directory of Grant-making Trusts (Published by the Charities Aid Foundation) and available at libraries:
The Educational Grant Directory by Fitzherbert and Eastwood, and A Guide for Individuals from the Directory of Social Change, Radius Works, Back Lane, London, NW3 1HL?
Employment Services - If you are unemployed, help may be available under the New Deal scheme.?
Employers and Local Groups -Some employers are willing to meet fees for assessment and/or tuition.
Organizations like the Lions and the Round Table may also be able to help.?
Disabled Student's Allowance - Students at a publicly funded university or college may be eligible for the Disabled Student's Allowance.
Leas or Student Services should have details?
Your Family Doctor - Some GP fund holders may consider paying the assessment fees?
The independent Schools Information Service (isis) -ISIS may be able to advise.
Contact Mrs. J. Crawford, 62 Park Lane, Norwich, NR2 3EF?
For further information please call, fax or e-mail Dyslexia Action or visit Dyslexia Actions website.
Tel: 01784 222 300 - 01784 222 300 Fax: 01784 222 333 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding information was provided by the Dyslexia Action Charity.
DYSLEXIA CHARITY LINKS
This is a list of some of the dyslexia charities and organisation that provide support and information on dyslexia which you may find useful!
BRITISH DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION
"The vision of the British Dyslexia Association is a dyslexia friendly society enabling all dyslexic people to reach their potential"
The BDA who have similar aims, and who also support Resolution Daes, have long campaigned and lobbied parliment "for long lasting and sustainable change for the benefit of dyslexic people"
They "provide impartial and objective advice and support to dyslexic people and those with whom they come into contact, and "set the standards for and accredit dyslexia knowledge and professional expertise"
They also "deliver innovative solutions which break new ground in the field of dyslexia", and "disseminate and share best practice regionally, nationally and internationally"
For more information please visit www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
BRITISH DYSLEXIA NATIONAL HELPLINE
The BDA's Helpline "provides dyslexia information and advice surrounding dyslexic issues."
Tel: 0845 251 9002 - email@example.com
The BDA'S telephone helpline, is staffed by volunteers, and is open from 10:00am until 4:00pm Monday to Friday, and open late on Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
Their Helpline is completely free and confidential for all dyslexia related calls and emails.
"All information, advice and signposting is completely impartial enabling the caller to make important choices and decisions for themselves."
"The Helpline aims is to be accessible to all. Speakers of other languages may have access to Language Line, which will enable us to deliver verbally the information that they require."
Dyslexia Action who have also shown their support towards Resolution Daes, are another leading dyslexia charity in the UK.
"Ken Follett, who is President of Dyslexia Action, commented: "Dyslexia and literacy difficulties affect hundreds of children across the UK. It is well documented that poor skills cost the UK economy in excess of £10 billion per year. Having the ability to read and write affects everything that our children do at school and beyond. It is critical that all children at risk of reading failure are identified and adequately supported at the earliest stage in their education."
"Dyslexia Action Chief Executive, Shirley Cramer added: "We know that as many as 20% of UK school children are moving from primary to secondary education with below average literacy skills. Dyslexia Action is committed to raising awareness about dyslexia and literacy difficulties. Early intervention is the key to avoiding long-term problems and we are working with Government to improve SEN provision."
Dyslexia Action have recently received Government funding for another pilot project which will be helping to identify dyslexia within schools, and will be helping to provide a better quality of training to children with dyslexia.
Although this is yet another pilot project they are hopeful that this will be the beginning of further positive changes for children with dyslexia within the education system.
"There are around 1 million dyslexic children in our schools today who are likely to go undiagnosed, un-helped - and needlessly struggling with dyslexia."
"Whilst Government spend money on pilots and new initiatives children are failing. Private schools have been getting things right for years, why not copy them." - Kate Griggs
Xtraordinary People was as set up by Kate Griggs after having to take her child out of state school due to the lack of support he was receiving for his dyslexia. Dyslexic herself, she has since then dedicated herself to trying to implement the vital changes needed within the education system for children with dyslexia. Kate has been helped to do this by collaborating with other established dyslexia charities, which include, The British Dyslexia Association, and the Dyslexia Action and PATOSS charity, which has now helped her to gain Government funding to begin an initiative called "Say No To Failure."
British Dyslexia Associatsion
Hornsby International Charity
Helen Arkell Centre
Davis Dyslexia Association International
Dyslexia A 2 Z
Bristol Dyslexia Centre
Lothians & Borders Dyslexia Association
Bangor Dyslexia Unit - Is an internationally renowned organisation activley working within the feilds of dyslexia providing: teaching, assessment, support to dyslexic students in university, training teachers and research. They also offer assessmemts to the general public.
For further information please visit:
West Wales Dyslexia Association
International Dyslexia Association
Other Charities and Organisation that help adults and children with dyslexia
Dyslexia Arts Trusts
Cheeky Monkeys - are based in West Norwich and give support to children with dyslexia and their families.
RESOLUTION DAES SUPPORTERS, SO FAR!
2 MANY DJ’S www.2manydjs.com
65 DAYS OF STATIC 65daysofstatic.com
80’S B-LINE MATCHBOX DISASTER www.myspace.com/eightiesmatchboxblinedisaster
ANDY ELLISON (JOHN’S CHILDREN) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Ellison
ART BRUT www.artbrut.org.uk
ALAN YENTOB en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Yentob
ARTHUR BAKER en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Baker_(musician)
AUTO KRATZ www.autokratz.com
ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk
ARCADE EDEN www.myspace.com/arcadeeden
ABASS NII DODOO www.myspace.com/onedrumabass
BIFFY CLYRO www.biffyclyro.com
BEZ (HAPPY MONDAYS) www.happymondaysonline.com
BEVERLY KNIGHT www.beverleyknight.com
BELL AND SEBASTIAN www.belleandsebastian.com
BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB www.blackrebelmotorcycleclub.com
BAT FOR LASHES www.batforlashes.com
BABYLON CIRCUS www.babyloncircus.com
BLACK CHERRY www.myspace.com/blackcherrymusic
BEN ONONO www.myspace.com/benonono
BILLY BRAGG www.billybragg.co.uk
BOY KILL BOY www.myspace.com/boykillboy
THE BEAT www.thebeatofficial.com
BILLY COBHAN www.billycobham.com
BASSEKOU KOUYATE www.myspace.com/bassekoukouyate
BLAH BLAH BLAH www.myspace.com/blahblahblahandfriends
BEN BADDOO womad.org/artists/ben-baddoo
BENJI BOKO www.myspace.com/benjiboko
BOZ BOORER en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boz_Boorer
BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE www.brokensocialscene.ca
THE BIG PINK musicfromthebigpink.com
CARL COX www.carlcox.com
CARL BARAT (THE LIBERTINES) carlbarat.co.uk
CANDIE PAYNE en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candie_Payne
CEE-LO GREEN www.ceelogreen.com
CHASE AND STATUS www.chaseandstatus.co.uk
CHEW LIPS www.chew-lips.com
CRYSTAL CASTLES www.crystalcastles.com
CHEMICAL BROTHERS www.thechemicalbrothers.com
COLIN MCCINTYRE (MULL HISTORICAL SOCIETY) www.colinmacintyre.com
THE COOPER TEMPLE CLAUSE www.myspace.com/thecoopertempleclause
THE CORAL www.thecoral.co.uk
THE CUBAN BROTHERS www.thecubanbrothers.com
THE COURTEENERS www.thecourteeners.com
CRIMES AGAINST POP www.crimesagainstpop.com
CHILDREN OF THE KHMER womad.org/artists/children-of-the-khmer-cambodian-dance
CHRIS SMITH (WOMAD) womad.org
CHAPLE CLUB www.myspace.com/chapelclub
CONCISE 1 http://conciseoneuk.com/
DAMON ALBARN www.myspace.com/damonalbarn
DAVID GUETTA www.davidguetta.com
DAWN FRENCH http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawn_French
DAVE HASLAM www.davehaslam.com
DINORSOR PILE-UP www.myspace.com/dinosaurpileup
THE DANDY WARHOLS www.dandywarhols.com
DREW MCCONELL (BABYSHAMBLES) www.myspace.com/drewmcconnell
DAN LE SAC www.danlesac.co.uk
DIZZEE RASCAL www.dizzeerascal.co.uk
DIRTY PRETTY THINGS www.myspace.com/dirtyprettythingsofficial
DON LETTS en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Letts
DJ MONKEY PILOT www.myspace.com/beasleycoruscation
DERRICK CARTER www.derrickcarter.com
DENNIS BOVELL www.myspace.com/dennisbovell
DAVID D’OR www.daviddor.com
DJ PIONEER (KISS FM) www.kissfmuk.com/djpioneer
DETROIT SOCIAL CLUB www.detroitsocialclub.net
THE DISTILLERS www.myspace.com/thedistillersband
THE DRUMS thedrums.com
DJ CARL KENNEDY soundcloud.com/dj-carl-kennedy
EDDY TEMPLE MORRIS (XFM) www.xfm.co.uk/eddy-temple-morris
ELIZABETH JAGGER en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Jagger
EDDIE IZZARD www.eddieizzard.com
EDDY GRANT en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddy_Grant
EMMA B www.smoothradio.co.uk/shows-presenters/emma-b-on.../51d30
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING http://www.myspace.com/everythingeverythinguk
ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN www.bunnymen.com
ELECTRIC, BRIXTON www.electricbrixton.com
THE ELECTRIC SOFT PARADE electricsoftparade.co.uk
FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE florenceandthemachine.net
FRIENDLY FIRES www.wearefriendlyfires.com
FAZER (N-DUBS) ndubz.com
FERGIE (RADIO 1) www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/fergie
FARE EVADERS www.myspace.com/fareevadersmusic
FATBOY SLIM fatboyslim.net
FRANZ FERDINAND www.franzferdinand.com
FINLEY QUAYE www.finleyquaye.com
FILTHY DUKES www.myspace.com/filthydukes
THE FARM www.myspace.com/thefarmlive
THE FLAMMING LIPS www.flaminglips.com
GREEN DAY greenday.com
GEORGE CLINTON www.georgeclinton.com
GRANDMASTER JAY (RUN DMC) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandmaster_Jay
GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN www.youknowsit.co.uk
GET CAPE, WEAR CAPE, FLY getcapewearcapefly.com
GROOVE AMARDA www.groovearmada.com
GOCOO & GORO www.gocoo.de/ womad.org/artists/gocoo-goro
GERRY DAMMERS (THE SPECIALS) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Dammers
THE GLITTERATTI www.theglitterati.com
THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE QUEEN www.thegoodthebadandthequeen.com
THE GRAND www.myspace.com/wearethegrand
HARMA SUPERSTAR harmarsuperstar.com
HUNDRED REASONS www.hundredreasons.com
HYPNOTIC BRASS ENSEMBLE www.hypnoticbrassensemble.com
HEARTLESS CREW heartlesscrew.com
THE HAYLEY FAYE BAND www.myspace.com/hayleyfaye
THE HARMONICS www.myspace.com/theharmonicsuk
HOW TO CURE DYSLEXIA www.myspace.com/howtocuredyslexia/music
HOWARD MARKS www.howardmarks.name
THE HIDDEN REVOLUTION www.myspace.com/thehiddenrevolution
THE HOOSIERS www.thehoosiers.com
THE HORRORS www.thehorrors.co.uk
ISACC HAYES www.isaachayes.com
IAN BROWN www.ianbrown.co.uk
IKARA COLT www.myspace.com/ikaracolt
JULIAN CASABLANCAS www.juliancasablancas.com
JACK PENATE jackpenate.com
JUST JACK www.justjack.co.uk
JAY SEAN www.jaysean.com
JIMMY PURSEY (SHAM 69) www.jimmypursey.co.uk
JOE FOX www.myspace.com/youngheartsmyspace
JIM SALVESON (XFM) www.xfm.co.uk/onair/djs/jim-salveson
JAKE FLOWERS www.myspace.com/jakeflowers
JO WHILEY http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/presenters/jo-whiley
JODI HARSH http://www.jodieharsh.com
JFX MUSIC www.jfxmusic.co.uk
JACK BUTLER www.myspace.com/jackbutlerpresents
KELLY ROWLAND www.kellyrowland.com
KEN LIVINGSTON en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Livingstone
KISSY SELL OUT kissysellout.com
KEVIN SHIELDS www.mybloodyvalentine.net
THE KOOKS www.thekooks.com
KARINA VISMARA www.myspace.com/karinavismara
KENGE KENGE ORUTU SYSTEM kengekenge.com
LITTLE BOOTS www.littlebootsmusic.co.uk
LA ROUX www.laroux.co.uk
LADY HAWK www.ladyhawkladyhawk.com
LOVE MUSIC HATE RACISM lovemusichateracism.com
LITTLE FEAT www.littlefeat.net
LAUREN LEVERN www.laurenlaverne.co.uk
LAYO & BUSHWAKER www.myspace.com/olmetorecords
LOTEK HI FI www.myspace.com/lotekhifi
THE LIBERTY VESSELS www.myspace.com/thelibertyvesselsband
LENNY HENRY www.lennyhenry.com
THE MACCABEES www.themaccabees.co.uk
MR HUDSON www.mrhudson.com
MIKE JOYCE (THE SMITHS) www.mikejoyce.com
MERCURY REV www.mercuryrev.com
MEL C www.melaniec.net
MECCA 2 MEDINA www.mecca2medina.net
MICHAEL NYMAN www.michaelnyman.com
MARK THOMAS www.markthomasinfo.com
MAXIMO PARK maximopark.com
MAJOR MAJOR www.myspace.com/majormajor
MASSIVE ATTACK massiveattack.com
MARTHA WAINWRIGHT www.marthawainwright.com
MARK RONSON www.markronson.co.uk
THE MONOLIPS www.themonolps.com
THE MIGHTY ROARS www.myspace.com/themightyroars
THE MOJAVE COLLECTIVE www.myspace.com/themojaves
THE MAGIC NUMBERS www.themagicnumbers.net
MASTER SHORTIE www.mastershortie.com
MODOU DIOUF http://www.karamba.co.uk/page_display.asp?pid=6
NEW YORK DOLLS www.nydolls.org
NELLY FURTADO www.nellyfurtado.com
NICK GRIMSHAW http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00f3lmy
NEWTON FAULKNER www.newtonfaulkner.com
THE NIGHTINGALES www.thenightingales.org.uk
THE NOISETTES www.noisettes.co.uk
NORTEC COLLECTIVE www.myspace.com/nortec
NORMAN JAY (MBE) www.normanjay.com
NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL FLOATS & SOUND SYSTEMS:
SUNSHINE ENT ARTS
JAMAICA TWIST HIGH FUSION
THE ORB www.theorb.com
THE OFFSPRING www.offspring.com
ORCHESTRA BAOBAB www.myspace.com/orchestrabaobabofficial
ONE PEOPLE www.myspace.com/onepeopleband
PROFESSOR GREEN www.professorgreen.co.uk
PLAN B www.time4planb.co.uk
PEARL AND THE PUPPETS www.pearlandthepuppets.com
PADDY HILL (THE BIRMINGHAM 6) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham_Six
PETER CONWAY www.peterconway.net
PRIMAL SCREAM www.primalscream.net
PIXI GELDOLF en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixie_Geldof
PAOLO NUTINI www.paolonutini.com
PAUL SIMONON (THE CLASH) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Simonon
PETER GABRIEL petergabriel.com
THE PIGEON DETECTIVES www.thepigeondetectives.com
THE PADDINGTONS www.thepaddingtons.net
PAPRIKA BALKANICUS www.paprikabalkanicus.com
THE PRODIGY www.theprodigy.com
THE PRETTY THINGS www.theprettythings.net
ROBERT WYATT www.robertwyatt.net
RUN DMC www.rundmc.com
ROLL DEEP www.rolldeep.co.uk
REVEREND AND THE MAKERS www.iamreverend.com
THE RAVENETTES www.theraveonettes.com
THE ROOTS theroots.com
RONI SIZE ronisize.net
THE RISK (not xfactor) www.theriskband.com
RABBIT FOOT SPASM BAND www.rabbitjazz.co.uk
RACHID TAHA www.rachidtaha.fr
ROY THE ROACH www.myspace.com/roytheroach
SNOW PATROL www.snowpatrol.com
SPEECH DEBELLE www.speechdebelle.com
STEEL PULSE www.steelpulse.com
SCOUTING FOR GIRLS www.scoutingforgirls.com/gb
THE STROKES www.thestrokes.com
SICK OF IT ALL www.sickofitall.com
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS www.superfurry.com
SA DINGDING www.myspace.com/dingdingsa
SCATCH PERVERTS www.myspace.com/scratchperverts
THE SHINNING en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shining_(band
SCROOBIUS PIP scroobiuspip.co.uk
STEVE LAMACQ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0072lb2
SEASICK STEVE www.seasicksteve.com
SKINT AND DEMORILIZED skintanddemoralised.co.uk
SUDD MM www.suddmm.it
SHAKE ALETTI www.shakealetti.com
THE SUNSHINE UNDERGROUND www.myspace.com/thesunshineunderground
STEREO MCS www.stereomcs.com
SEAN KUTI www.myspace.com/seunkuti
SALAH DAWSON MILLER www.ameltafsout.com/dance_music.html
SON DE LA FRONTERA www.myspace.com/gruposondelafrontera
SHARON SHANNON www.sharonshannon.com
SURFI WOMEN OF THE ISLANDS womad.org/artists/sufi-women-of-the-islands
SISTER BLISS www.myspace.com/sisterblissofficial
SIMON KING www.rockness.com
TONY BENN www.tonybenn.com
THE THIRST thethirst.co.uk
TERRY CHRISTIAN www.terrychristian.tv
THE TWANG www.thetwang.co.uk
TOWERS OF LONDON www.myspace.com/towersoflondon
TRANSGLOBAL UNDERGROUND www.transglobalunderground.net
THE TUNICS www.thetunics.com
THESE NEW PURITANS www.thesenewpuritans.com
TINIE TEMPAH www.tinietempah.com
TAKEN BY STORM www.myspace.com/takenbystormofficial
TINCHY STRIDER www.tinchystryder.com
THOM YORKE www.myspace.com/thomyorkemusic
TEENAGE HAND MODEL www.myspace.com/teenagehandmusic
TROJEN SOUND SYSTEM www.myspace.com/trojansoundsystem
TRIBAL MAN SKANK www.myspace.com/magzindaplace
TIM BURGESS www.thecharlatans.net
TODDLA T www.toddlat.com
THE TRAVELLING BAND www.thetravellingband.co.uk
VV BROWN www.myspace.com/vvbrown
THE VINES www.thevines.com
VIVA CITY www.myspace.com/vivacityuk
VERNON KAY www.officialvernonkay.com
THE VIEW www.theviewareonfire.com
WASIS DIOP www.myspace.com/wasisdiopmusic
WAVE MACHINE www.wavemachines.co.uk
WILL YOUNG www.willyoung.co.uk
THE WURZELS www.thewurzels.com
THE WHIP www.thewhipband.com
THE WOMBATS www.thewombats.co.uk
THE WATERBOYS www.mikescottwaterboys.com
XO MAN www.xomanmusic.com
XX TEENS www.myspace.com/xxteens
YOUNG HEART ATTACK www.myspace.com/youngheartattack
THE ZUTONS www.myspace.com/thezutons
ZOE BALL en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoë_Ball
ZANE LOWE www.zanelowe.com
Follow this link to see some photo's of Resolution Daes supporters - http://www.flicker.com/photos/theresolutiondaes
A big THANK YOU to everyone who has shown supported towards Resolution Daes! X :)
RESOLUTION DAES ALSO SUPPORTS:
Hector's Care Chair Fund
Earler this year Clint Boon's baby daugther Luna Bliss sadly passed away due to being born premiturly. It's a tragic loss that happens to thousands of perants each year, and has even happened within my own family. My Grandmother lost three of her new born babies, and my mother almost lost me after giving birth premeturly.
The effects of these sort of experiences are obviously long-term, and there needs to be as much comfort and support for people during and after this most stressful and sad period of time.
Clint Boon's son Hector, (who is only five years old) has through his experience, decided that he would like to help raise funding for other mothers and children who are now going through the same thing which he has. Here's his story below:
"5th April 2012. Our little boy, Hector Angel Boon (5) has never had a haircut. He has the most beautiful long golden wavy hair.
His mummy recently gave birth to his baby sister, Luna Bliss, 3 months prematurely at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester. The hospital is amazing and the staff who look after the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are the most wonderful people in the world, They encourage and help mummies of premature babies to do a thing called 'kangaroo care' which is where the tiny baby gets to spend an hour or two lay 'skin to skin' on mummy's chest.
When Hector's mummy got to do 'kangaroo care' with baby Luna for the first time, she said "this is the best moment of my life". It was the first time she got to hold baby Luna even though it was several days after she was born.
She could have sat there forever holding our gorgeous baby to her chest but after a little while, she became really uncomfortable. She had to put baby Luna back in her special bed and didn't get to hold her again for two more days.
Hector's mummy said how nice it would have been to have a really comfy chair in the ward for mummies who need to do kangaroo care with their little babies. The kind of chair that breastfeeding mummies also like to use.
Hector has decided that he wants to raise money to buy some special nursing chairs for the NICU wards by having his haircut and getting people to donate money.
Hector will get his haircut at 11am on Saturday 14th April and we'll take photographs of this special moment. You'll be the first to see the pictures.
All the money raised will be used to buy nursing chairs for the mummies in the NICU wards and (if Hector raises enough money) things for children visiting the NICU to play on (like DS game consoles) while they wait for their baby brothers or sisters to get big enough and well enough to come home.
Thank you for helping Hector, the NICU babies and their mummies.
All our love, the Boon Family xxx
Our little girl, Luna Bliss, passed away peacefully in our arms on the 20th April 2012 in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at St Mary's Hospital in Manchester xxx"
Dontions are on going so please make one via this link http://www.justgiving.com/Hector-Angel-Boon
ANTI BULLYING ALLIANCE http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk
GREEN PEACE www.greenpeace.org.uk
MOTHERS AGAINST GUNS http://www.southwark.tv/mothers/mumhome.asp
MOTHERS AGAINST VIOLENCE http://mavuk.org
THE LOUD MUSIC CAMPAIGN http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/loud-music.aspx
WATER AID www.wateraid.org/uk