Babies from St Albans and Harpenden have helped raise £2,120 towards helping save other babies’ lives by taking part in the first ever "Sensathon" for Tommy’s charity.
With a Wild West theme, 110 babies arrived through the doors of St Albans Baby Sensory on June 13, 16 and 18 in full cowboy and cowgirl outfits, complete with checked shirts, hand-made cowboy hats, neckerchiefs, fringed dresses and denim, before setting off on a wild west adventure of imaginative play.
Greeted on arrival with Western music, the babies were treated to an action packed day including visiting the Rodeo centre, songs around the campfire, themed sock puppet shows and hearing the story of Little Big Horn in the Last Chance Saloon.
St Albans Baby Sensory is one of more than 200 franchises taking part across England, Scotland and Wales, who are expecting to raise more than £100,000 for Tommy’s. Every year, 1 in 4 parents-to-be will lose a baby during pregnancy or at birth. Tommy’s funds medical research into the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth, and provides advice and support for all parents-to- be to help them have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Baby Sensory Manager Laura Woodward said: "Sensathon was a roaring success and we saw some fantastic outfits on both babies and parents, and everyone put a huge amount of effort into making the class great for their babies and also raising money for Tommy’s.
"It was a really energetic event with wigwams, cowboys, cacti, snakes and chickens in the baby play area along with all the fantastic cowboy themed activities - it was a really hit with all the babies.
"We’re very proud to be working with Tommy’s this year, and we know that some of the families here will have their own stories and personal reasons for getting behind this important charity. We want to thank everyone who took part and made the day so special."
Jane Brewin, Chief Executive of baby charity Tommy’s, said: "We’re delighted that Sensathon was such a great experience for mums, dads and babies alike, and we have been really touched by the enthusiasm and support for our charity shown by everyone who took part.
"Tommy’s runs three research centres which investigate why pregnancy complications take place and look for treatments that help to save babies’ lives, and the money raised by St Albans Baby Sensory will go towards opening a fourth research centre so we can support more families on the journey to becoming a parent."