Rosemary supports a number of charities. The most dear to her heart are:
a charity funding research into premature birth.
Rosemary is passionate about their work:
“Stopping, or at least, reducing the number of premature births would end the heartbreak of parents watching their newborn go through intensive care, it would help to bring down the number of neonatal deaths, it would reduce the number of disabled children who need expensive NHS care, it would improve the lives of children and families. Seems essential to me. That’s why when Saul died, my husband and I wanted to raise money for Tommy’s, and I’m always keen to promote the work they do, on all platforms.”
Rosemary also supports Home-start, in memory of her friend Anne Langslow, who was a committed volunteer to the charity. Homestart is a charity that aims to help families with young children, especially if they’ve been given a tough start in life.If you’d like to donate, there a just-giving page, in Anne’s name: http://www.justgiving.com/Singingformymother>
What they do
Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of our support include improved health and well being and better family relationships.
We provide one-to-one support for parents
Our volunteers visit the family’s home for a couple of hours every week. They tailor-make their support to the needs of the parents and children. Volunteers are very committed and will keep visiting until the youngest child turns five or starts school, or until the parents feel they can stand on their own two feet. Parents and volunteers often develop a deeply trusting relationship which can lead to powerful change within the family.
We also run family groups and social events for families.
- We offer families choice
- We work in partnership – with each other, with families and with other agencies,
- We work in a spirit of openness, encouragement and enjoyment
- We are flexible and responsive to the needs of families.
Why it matters
The five years between birth and school are vital for a child’s development. What goes on inside a family during these years strongly determines the opportunities and life chances children have. Children who are raised in a stable, loving, family environment are more likely to have a positive and healthy future. But being a parent isn’t easy and sometimes life can get in the way. Circumstances throw you off course and everything else can take a back seat. A young child caught up in this can miss out on the love, routine and stimulation that are so vital for their future. Home-Start works because our volunteers are parents. They understand how hard it can be. They work alongside parents, in their own homes, to help them cope with the stresses and strains of life and make sure they have the skills, time and strength they need to nurture their children.