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Troy gives TinyLife charity a big boost

Jane Witherspoon

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Jane Witherspoon

Local boy, Troy Mooney has raised over £1,600 for the baby charity, TinyLife.

TinyLife is Northern Ireland’s only premature and sick baby charity, and it received a terrific boost recently from 4 year old Troy.

Troy was born 10 weeks early in 2014 weighing just 3lb 12oz, but after such an early and tiny start in life he has delighted everyone by recently starting his local main stream primary school.

His mum Christine wanted to give something back to the charity that supported them when Troy was born.

Earlier this year the Mooney family organised a disco and raffle evening.

The event was held in The Services Club, who donated their hall free of charge, and an amazing total of £1603.00 was raised for TinyLife.

The family along with TinyLife, would like to thank everyone who came along to the charity evening, and who donated money and bought raffle tickets.

Without this vital support the charity would not be able to help babies like Troy or give the necessary help and support to hundreds of families with premature babies around Northern Ireland.

TinyLife Community Fundraiser, Gillian Breen said: “The money raised from this event will be ploughed into our family support services.

“This will allow us to maintain the wide variety of services offered to families locally.”

TinyLife, formerly known as NIMBA, who celebrate their 30th Anniversary this year, provide practical and emotional support to the families of premature and sick babies to ensure that parents get the support that they need at such a vulnerable time.

The charity funds research and provides a wide range of support services for families of premature and sick babies, including a breast pump loan service, hospital based support, home based volunteer support, baby massage, tiny gym, parents support group and baby sensory room service.

Last year, the charity delivered over 10,000 hours of family support to families across the province.

Every day in Northern Ireland six babies are born too soon, some arriving as early as 24 weeks and weighing as little as 1lb.

Currently, the smallest surviving baby born in Ireland was just 398g.

The charity work across Northern Ireland, and has a presence in every neonatal unit in the country including The Royal Victoria Hospital, Ulster Hospital Dundonald, Craigavon Area Hospital, Daisyhill Hospital Newry, Antrim Area Hospital, Altnagelvin Hospital and South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.

For more information on TinyLife services and events, please visit the website www.tinylife.org.uk.

You can also follow the charity on Facebook/Twitter or email gillian@tinylife.org.uk

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