30for30 has come to an end. *insert sad face here*

To date, my mad, spontaneous idea has generated £2,385 for charity. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people, some of whom I don’t know and will probably never meet. The comments, and the words of encouragement have reduced me to tears on occasion, and if you know me at all you know I’m not a crier.

I set myself a goal for this challenge, to run 30 events and to raise £3000. I am so very nearly there.

It’s really hard to drum up words to encourage people to donate for a charity that they might never have anything to do with. Neonatal care hosts a very select population, made up of some of the smallest, most vulnerable babies. But it also plays host to other babies too, not just prems. Every single DAY 246 babies are admitted to neonatal units around the country. Every DAY. Some of these babies are born at term, some are poorly with conditions diagnosed during pregnancy, some have had difficult deliveries and need some assistance before they can go home, and some have gone home and have needed to be admitted again.

When people talk about neonatal it tends to conjure up images of tiny little babies, but babies are admitted to units for a variety of reasons and for various lengths of time, from a few hours to several months. Those babies are helped by this charity too.

We all know someone who has had a sick baby, we all know someone who has had to take a sick child to hospital. So even if you’ve not been touched by the Neonatal Unit directly then someone you know definitely has, and for that reason I ask you to donate whatever you can, before my fundraising page closes tomorrow. The link is here and below.

To those of you who have donated so far, thank you thank you thank you. I absolutely cannot thank you enough, you have blown me away with the response to my challenge and it will remain a part of me forever.

So this is the end of 30for30, it has been one hell of a ride. But it isn’t really the end, it’s only just the beginning…

Thanks for everything.

Sharkie x