Giving Tuesday, the international day of giving, took place on the 28th November this year. As a charity, we have proudly participated in Giving Tuesday for the past five years, and we can always guarantee our supporters will get behind our campaign in a big way.
This year was no exception. We asked our supporters to get involved with our Donate a Doll Appeal, by donating £10 to send a hospital the doll that helps sonographers scan tiny hearts.
We know that for babies with serious heart conditions, the early detection of their condition is vital. When a heart defect is detected in the womb, it means a baby’s chances of survival and long term quality of life are vastly improved. This Giving Tuesday, our appeal centred around assisting the sonographers who carry out pregnancy scans to detect heart defects.
Our situs dolls were created by our Head of Training, Anne Rhodes. Babies lie in all different positions in the womb, and working out where their internal organs should be can be tricky. Anne she realised that, by physically placing a doll in the same position the baby was lying in the womb, sonographers could more easily work out where the baby’s internal organs should be and which way the heart should be pointing. The doll’s t-shirt displays an anatomical diagram of the heart, and shows where the scan probe should be placed for the sonographer to obtain the five required views of the heart.
Our supporters donated dolls on Giving Tuesday to help situs dolls get to hospitals to help sonographers. Donors were able to dedicate their doll to someone special, by leaving a message and uploading a photo to our special dedication wall.
In total, we received £935 in donations (plus £137.50 gift aid) meaning we will be able to send 93 situs dolls to sonography departments in UK hospitals. And we were deeply touched by reading all of the beautiful dedications in honour of babies and children born with serious heart conditions.
We are incredibly grateful to everyone that donated and made a real difference for babies with serious heart conditions this Giving Tuesday.