Paralympian backs charity Bliss
Published 8 Mar 2013 09:00 0 Comments
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Sophie Christiansen pictured with her horse Rio. She won three gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics.
A PARALYMPIC golden girl has thrown her support behind a charity which helps prematurely born babies.
Former Charters School pupil Sophie Christiansen OBE has become an official supporter of Bliss, which works to ensure all babies born prematurely have the best possible chance for survival and of reaching their full potential later in life.
Miss Christiansen, who won three dressage gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, said: "I am delighted to be supporting Bliss who provide care and support to premature and sick babies and their families."
The former Sunningdale resident has a pertinent reason for backing the charity as she was born two months early.
The Paralympian added: "Being born premature myself, I know how important a charity like Bliss is for parents to go to for support in what can be a very traumatic time in their lives.
"I think it's also important to raise awareness that babies who were born early that may have some long term health issues can still go on to achieve so much."
Bliss has a mutli-pronged plan to ensure its work is successful including providing practical and emotional support for families who are experiencing premature birth so they can give the best care to their babies.
Other aims include providing training and support for doctors and nurses, funding research to improve the care of all premature and sick babies and raising awareness of the issues affecting special care babies.
Other supporters of Bliss include television personalities Katy Ashworth and Natalie Anderson and double Olympic gold-medal winning cyclist Laura Trott.
For more information about the work Bliss undertakes, visit www.bliss.org.uk
This article appeared in Bracknell News 08 Mar 13