TinyLife, the premature baby charity, has scored with Marissa Callaghan, Northern Ireland women’s football team captain and player coach for Cliftonville Football Club, becoming Ambassador to help raise awareness of premature birth and vital funds for the charity.
Marissa says: “I’m privileged to become an Ambassador for TinyLife. As a mum I can appreciate how lucky my partner and I have been to have a full-term baby, but I have family and friends who have faced the challenges of premature birth.
“Every day in Northern Ireland six babies arrive too soon, some as early as 24 weeks, and weigh as little as 1lb.
“The many months in neo natal care is a traumatic and frightening time, every minute is precious for these families.”
TinyLife is a lifeline for premature babies and their parents.
Its range of family support services includes a breast pump loan programme, one to one support in the hospital and at home, TinyTime groups, baby massage and specialist programmes, including Positive Minds for Premature Parents & Tinygym.
Marrisa is launching ‘Operation Lipstick,’ a ladies only outdoor challenge event due to take place on Sunday, September 12, in the stunning setting of Castlewellan Forest Park.
Teams of four or six will take on a day of challenges, including orienteering, archery, wall climbing, raft building and raft racing.
The day will end with a prize giving and refreshments.
It is a perfect excuse to get the girls together for a fun-filled day out.
Registration is now open – the entry fee is £15 with a minimum of £100 sponsorship to be raised per team member. Visit www.tinylife.org.uk/event
Head of Fundraising Valerie Cromie said: “We are thrilled to have Marissa join our volunteer team of Ambassadors and Patrons. She joins other great Northern Ireland personalities such as David Healy, MBE, Cara Dillon, Rita Fitzgerald, Paddy Wallace, Denise Watson and Sarah Travers.”