Our twin boys, Sidney and Oscar, were born on the 22nd January 2019 at 27 weeks weighing 950g and 890g. They were born by the aid of the fantastic NHS staff at Basildon hospital who brought them into this world. They were transferred that day to Queen Charlotte's Hospital for specialist care as they were so young and fragile for the care at Basildon. That day was also the day we completed on our new house 200 miles away in Gloucestershire due to starting a job so I could be part of my family's life and not working away Monday to Friday.
After visiting 5 hospitals for specialist treatment over 3 months the boys are home on Oxygen with still regular trips to Gloucester or Bristol Children’s hospital as Sidney was born with a intraventricular haemorrhage of the brain and required an emergency shunt procedure at Great Orman Street Hospital.
Home is currently a garage as having bought our new house we discovered important aspects from the building survey were not identified. For example that floor joists were incorrect sizes and the roof main joists have been cut to allow Velux windows being installed which in result has damaged the roof joists by adding additional weight and compression. Also a general layout change and creating larger entrances in case of wheel chair access in the future.
Trying to rectify these problems we have moved into the garage for a safe and clean dust free environment. However with taking time off work to attend hospital appointments etc, removal costs, today’s cost of skilled labour, funds have dried up and we need help to try and give the best start to Sidney and Oscar after their challenging start.
Though we have to be thankful as if it wasn’t for the NHS especially those at Basildon, Queen Charlotte's, GOSH, Gloucester Royal and Bristol Children’s Hospitals Sidney and Oscar wouldn’t be here. We cannot thank enough the staff who have saved our boys and have tried to give them the best start in life possible and the support they gave to us as parents. Because of this I will be donating a generous amount to the Winnicott Foundation that is linked with Queen Charlotte's hospital as they did the majority of special care and in itself a great charity in supporting families going through this tough time and buying the latest in new equipment.
We thank you for reading this page and your support to the Winnicott Foundation and to my family. We are looking at setting up an AirBnB business in the future as we have converted the garage into a home to support our current needs. So if you are a keen walker or you enjoy the beautiful villages of the Cotswolds we would welcome you and offer you a free stay to say thank you for your support.
Tristan, Melissa, Sidney and Oscar.