The Rollercoaster Ride!

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  1. Leela

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    Hi everyone, I really hope you don't mind me posting this but I have a big ask........
    On September 24th 2010, my life turned upside down when my twins Willow and Stanley were born three and a half months early. What followed was to be five of the most harrowing, life changing months imaginable. A whirl of blood tests, brain scans, heart scans, x-rays, blood transfusions, lumber punctures, morphine and steroids, all set to the cacophony of the relentless alarms of an intensive care unit. A journey often referred to as a 'rollercoaster ride'
    Sadly, our story is by no means unique. Around 10% of all births have contact in some way with a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); in Poole, that equates to around 500 babies a year.
    Day after day we would watch as the doctors and nurses at Poole NICU worked tirelessly to keep our babies alive and work to nurture them to a point where they were ready to come home.
    The average cost of a day’s stay in NICU is a staggering £1500. This cost covers providing expert nursing care, top class doctors and consultants and state of the art equipment to give these precious bundles the best start in life.
    August 2012 will see a group of close friends undertake the challenge of cycling one mile for every day Willow, Stanley and Oliver spent on the unit – a total of 385. The group of nine will cycle from Lake Windermere to Poole Hospital with the aim of raising awareness and vital funds for Poole NICU.
    Training is well under way but what we really need now is transport and accomodation, which leads me to that big ask I mentioned... We are looking to borrow a motorhome which is at least 6 berth from the 31st July until the 5th August to take us from Poole up to Lake Windermere and back again. There would be one designated driver for the whole trip and we would of course sort out insurance and any additional costs. I realise that this is a lot to ask but I just hope that someone out there is in a position to help out with this worthy cause.

    I can of course supply all the relevant documentation to prove this is a legitimate challenge on behalf of Poole Hospital Charity.
    Thank you
    Leela
     
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    Twins Willow, Stanley....................................and Oliver.....???


    Shurely shome mishtake
     
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    I had to read that twice as well.... Still none the wiser as to who Oliver is.

    Can't help sorry, but good luck with it.
     
  5. Leela

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    Whoops!

    Oh goodness, thank you for your comments, how silly not to mention who oliver is! How long can I blame mummy brain for?! Until they're 16 I hope. Hee hee. Okay, Oliver is the son of a couple of our best friends who also went into unexplained labour at 26 weeks! We simply couldn't believe it when we heard, especially as literally a couple of days before they came to ours for a cuppa and Cathy uttered the words "I don't know how I'd cope if I had this baby next week!" Well, cope she did with the help of Poole NICU.
    Sorry again for not explaining who (not so little anymore) Oliver is.
    Leela
     
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    Hi good luck with your quest.
    Have you tried a motorhome dealers, they maybe interested from a publicity angle. I would put something together similar to your post but more detailed and send it out to a few of the big boys. Might even be worth contacting the few UK makers as well. Also the specialist motorhome insurance companies, they will be able to advise you on the insurance aspect should you find someone who can loan you one.
    Good luck. Andy
     
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    That's a good idea.

    Good luck :thumb:
     
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    Thank you

    Thank you for taking the time to reply, hopefully there might still be someone on here that can help. I will try contacting hire companies, however I have found van hire companies I have approached to not be very helpful at all. In fact out of 12 I emailed I had just one reply! I think I will try to go in person to nearby ones and take the babies too - either to charm them into helping our cause or scare them into it if grumpy! :Rofl1: Just kidding! Thank you once more.
    Leela
     
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    I hope you are successful. Our MH has nothing like the berths you need I'm afraid. If I had the space I would be willing to do the driving which would avoid any insurance problems (and I wouldn't trust my van to someone else anyway). Perhaps someone else might be able to help on this basis though.
     
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