Back To School:
From the moment my son was born, all I ever wanted was for my son to be 'normal.' I can now count my lucky stars that he is just that. From hourly blood test, to weekly eye tests and monthly hearing tests, we were regular visitors to hospitals across the region throughout 2011-2013. It was difficult to predict any type of normality a few years ago. And now, I'm fortunate enough, despite a flawed (and in desperate need of an overhaul) admissions process, to be able to send my son to one of the many good local schools in our area.
Preparing for this moment has been an emotional rollercoaster...
At the start of the summer holidays (August 2015), we visited our local uniform shop to spend a small fortune! The countless garments required are unthinkable. It has also been very eye-opening to experience this side of education from a parenting perspective. The rules, the advice and guidance shared in letters has been welcomed, but also another thing to quickly understand. Thankfully, the school has made it very easy for working parents to be part of the 'settling in' period without the need for too much time off from work.
On Thursday 4th September, mum took Freddie to school. There were tears (from mum too), new names to learn and lots and lots of playing. I look forward to seeing how my son get's on at school and developing into a strong (and normal) young man.
Here are a few images of my (miracle) son on his first day at school.
You can read Freddie's premature baby blog here http://freddiemcgill.blogspot.co.uk.
It costs £3,500 a day to look after a baby in Neo-Natal Intensive Care; Freddie was in hospital for 82 days! That's a total of £287,000! (6 weeks in Intensive Care and 6 weeks in Special Care). We wish to raise money for Bliss Charity, by making our friends aware of his story; to raise awareness of how common and traumatic, premature births are. Using our experience, we want to help other parents ...
Freddie's blog does just this and has had over 250,000 readers in 4 years. We have helped produce parent guides and videos for new parents because we had nothing when we were in hospital. If everybody who read Freddie's story paid just £1, that would be an amazing unthinkable achievement to save the lives of so many young children born too soon.
If you would like to make a small donation, you can do so, by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/FreddieMcGill or text “FRED82 £5” to 70070. We are 77% of the way towards paying for (just) 1 days care in hospital. If you need motivation, there are over 700 photos of Freddie’s life, here.
Click the image to donate and help small miracles like my son, get to normal schools up and down the country!