Maddie's Miracle Travelling Bus

by Zohar Marer in Aylesbury, England, United Kingdom

Maddie's Miracle Travelling Bus
We did it
On 22nd April 2018 we successfully raised £1,705 with 53 supporters in 21 days

Travelling bus providing Breastfeeding Support & Mother's Support to isolated & vulnerable women (or those who can't access help) across UK

by Zohar Marer in Aylesbury, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Extra funds will pay for purchasing the vehicle in full - this is a total of £2,000


The Project

We are building a dream – come join us! This dream is a project to create a travelling boob bus, that offers breastfeeding guidance and support, infant feeding and mother’s support.

We are building this from scratch. We both need your help and would LOVE your involvement and companionship and comradery in achieving this project.

We have found a suitable vehicle for this project and we are trying to raise the deposit payment to secure our vehicle - this is also a part payment for the vehicle too. 

The vehicle cost is £2,000 and the bespoke conversion will cost around £10,000-£13,000 which we will fundraise for in the coming months. Right now we require the vehicle deposit in order to GET STARTED. Please kindly help get this wonderful project off the ground!

The conversion is being done by charity garage Aylesbury Youth Motor Project http://www.aylesburymotorproject.co.uk/

The Issues

There are many women across the UK who are isolated for different reasons, or can't access services and support, or their area may not have adequate services.

New mothers may be in need of breastfeeding guidance and support but perhaps they can't move due to c-section, or are isolated geographically or due to mental/emotional reasons.  The quality (and quantity) of NHS-provided support varies across the UK, family and friends support varies from person to person. Some mums may be very well supported while others are in dire need of it. 

Getting the right advice and support as a new mum impacts the baby's feeding, sleeping and growth and likewise impacts the mum's (and partner's) sleep and overall wellbeing - so this support is very important.

There are many challenges that new mums may experience with breastfeeding, for example, a position where the baby's tongue chafes the nipple would cause great pain meaning that mums could become discouraged to continue; mums may have queries about when the baby has stopped feeding or is having a rest; about their milk production quality or quantity; and many numerous aspects of breastfeeding. 

Furthermore, there are many misconceptions. Sometimes mums may be led to believe that they must stop breastfeeding at 6 months and move onto solids only; or believe that at some stage they need to stop breastfeeding completely and move onto formula milk - when in fact they could carry on breastfeeding.

Today we have enough research to know the importance of breastfeeding and its major long-term positive impact on both mum and baby. Which is why every mum who would like to breastfeed should be given the support in doing so. Like with every new subject or new process that we lack experience in, we require good education in order to understand it and to master it.

The Solution

We aim to provide breastfeeding guidance and mother's support - advising on ideal breastfeeding positions and baby's latch, educating women on the wonders of breastmilk - how it changes to suit the baby's needs and according to the weather - it would be more fatty in winter and more watery in hot summer. This knowledge answers queries that new mothers tend to have and avoid unnecessary worries that may arise.

The travelling bus will have professionals working on board who provide support to women within the areas that we visit. We will have Doulas (birthing supporters), midwives, breastfeeding consultants, sling consultants, tongue-tie specialists and other professionals on board - this varies according to dates/needs and regions.

Thank you for reading this - and for your support.

Kindly support us on Twitter: @MaddiesMiracle

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

Name on Bus - As part of Art Piece

Every £1 pledged will have their name written on the bus (inside) as part of a piece of artwork. This symbolises how every individual contribution is vital to our combined success.

£50 or more

Your Name Written on Honours List of Donors

We will write the names of supporters pledging £50 or more on the bus, as a permanent feature! You also receive a certificate of thanks for your support - and photo of your name on the bus too.

£100 or more

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Advertising Yourself / or Company on the Bus

Pledge £100 and we will happily have your name - or company logo - on outside of our bus for 6 months. Bear in mind that the bus will travel nationally and that it will be photographed in the press too. What a golden opportunity! (Please note, you will need to provide us with the advertising material. Adverts must be approved as being suitable - ie. no adult themes or inappropriate material)

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