Tinylife, Northern Irelands only charity that supports families of premature and/or sick babies were absolutely delighted when they were notified that the NI Beef Shorthorn Club had selected them as their charity for 2022.
When club members Emmet McNulty’s daughter Joanne went into premature labour with her little boy Finn, they were appreciative of all the support and advice they received from Tinylife at this very scary time and even more because little Finn’s early arrival took place during lockdown. Joanne said that she was grateful for all the advice, support and loans of equipment needed during those first few months with Finn. As a way of saying thank you they decided to support Tinylife through the year with various fundraising events including the raffle of a beef shorthorn cross calf.
A special word of thanks goes to Dessie Moore and sons from Donaghmore who kindly donated the calf. Michael Moore (pictured) who is now ten, was also a premature baby. The calf can be viewed at the NI Shorthorn Beef stand at Balmoral Show from 11th – 14th May 2022 and also The Clogher Valley Show on 27th July 2022. To be in with a chance of winning this lovely calf, raffle tickets can be purchased at the NI Shorthorn Beef Club stand at these events.
Over 2000 babies are born too soon, too small, or too sick in Northern Ireland each year. Some arrive as early as 24 weeks, weighing as little as 1lb/454 grams, the same weight as half a bag of sugar. Support from the NI Beef Shorthorn Club will ensure Tinylife can continue to provide support services so vital for the six families in need every day in Northern Ireland.
Tinylife Community Fundraiser Leanne Beatty said, “Without the tremendous support we receive from local people and Clubs like the Northern Ireland Beef Shorthorn Club, we would not be able to continue to bring these services to local families in their time of need”.
For further information on Tinylife please visit www.tinylife.org.uk or find them on Facebook and Twitter @tinylifecharity.