AN EVESHAM family are hoping to give something back to a charity which helped with the care of their premature triplets.
Marianne Harth gave birth to Bethany, Sophia and Nathaniel 32 weeks into her pregnancy and the youngsters were kept in Worcestershire Royal Hospital for three weeks so staff could track their progress.
The triplets, weighing 3lb 7.5oz, 3lb 10oz and 3lb 6oz respectively, and their parents were then cared for by the Bliss phone help line when they were allowed home.
Marianne, who also paid special tribute to her husband Nick for his help throughout the experience, told the Observer how the premature and special care babies charity didn’t have a base in the area so instead they were supported over the phone.
“Bliss only offer certain services in certain areas,” she said. “Unfortunately, they didn’t cover the area so the hospital did that.
“But when we came home with the babies they supported us through the phone help line.
“We were tremendously lucky because our babies were all born – and I’m still touching wood and crossing fingers – with no problems and no issues.
“When we brought them home they weren’t too bad and they have grown into three happy, healthy babies and what we are trying to do is support Bliss for the people that aren’t so lucky.”
The family will be emigrating to Australia, where Nick is originally from, in November but were keen to leave a parting gesture with the charity.
Next Saturday (September 20) a table-top and baby stall sale will be taking place from 10am to 2pm at Bengeworth Hall on Broadway Road to raise funds for the cause.
All stalls are sold out and the proceeds from those funds and refreshment sales will all go to the charity. The event is free to attend.
Everything ranging from baby clothes, toys and equipment to household and garden goods will be available.