Guernsey Press

Help them through the night

The Priaulx Premature Baby Foundation says it aims to ‘offer some light when times seem dark’.

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Most people in Guernsey have heard of the foundation, or found themselves supporting it in some way. Over the past 20 years of its existence, it has raised more than £1m. to support islanders in need.

They probably don’t realise the extent that the PPBF goes to. Jo and Andy Priaulx, the two islanders behind the charity and still its driving force today, find it hard to say no, and regularly go the extra mile to support people at a time of greatest need.

They put it well when they say: ‘Our work helps to support families, when they feel helpless, vulnerable and alone. Every life is precious but when babies are born early or children become seriously ill, the fragility of life becomes all too obvious.’ Twenty babies whose families have been helped by the PPBF are on our front page.

Today, on World Prematurity Day, and as the PPBF marks 20 years, the Guernsey Press is proud to support the charity by launching a fundraising campaign together to raise the money to keep its three flats in Southampton open, and supporting islanders, throughout 2024.

Aggie’s Burrow, Isaac’s Pad and Frankie’s Den, three two-bedroomed flats situated right next to Southampton Hospital, provide a lifeline for families.

Each night they are open costs £60. Our aim, with the help of our generous readers, is to enable the PPBF to cover those costs for a calendar year – that is a target to raise, between us, of £66,000.

Do please consider if you can find the opportunity to support the work of the PPBF. You can do so in a number of ways, from a one-off donation of £60, or support at £5 per month.

The families of every premature baby or seriously ill child spending time in Southampton will thank you for your kindness.