Becky Lovatt’s last official engagement as Deacon of Caversham Heights and Gosbrook Road Methodist churches was to hand over a cheque for £2,100 to Babies In Buscot Support (BIBS) to help buy a state of the art incubator costing £29,000.
Becky and her family know first-hand about the work of Buscot Ward where poorly and premature babies are looked after at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
In November 2010 Becky’s daughter Emerald was born at 25 weeks weighing just one pound. Sadly Emerald was still born. “Emerald could fit into one hand,” said Becky. Although her daughter never drew breath Becky was comforted and impressed by the staff on the ward. “They treated Emerald with great dignity and respect,” Becky explained. “They dressed her and placed her in a little basket. I was able see her and hold her whenever I wanted.”
A year later Becky gave birth to her son Theo, “Theo became ill after 24 hours and was taken to Buscot Ward.” He is now a strong, happy two year old.
“When I took Theo home with me I wanted to say thank you to the staff.” said Becky. “I gave them a box of chocolates but that seemed really naff. I wanted to give something back to Buscot Ward. This incubator can help other babies survive and it’s because of something I’ve done. That’s fantastic.”
Becky raised the money by writing, publishing and selling a book. ‘In the Shadows of Victory: Ride the Rollercoaster of Holy Week’ was sold for five pounds a copy with all the money going to the BIBS appeal.
“The book is a series of meditations from Holy Week.” said Becky. The narrative starts on Palm Sunday, includes the death of Jesus and then His resurrection, culminating on Easter Sunday. Becky’s meditations are somewhat unusual because they use the thoughts of minor characters, such as the Roman soldier, to reflect on the week’s events.
“God gave me a gift to write,” said Becky. “I am using it to give something back.”
“The generosity of people like Becky supporting BIBS is vital to us.” said Phil Meredith, Chair of BIBS. “Wards like Buscot depend on charity, not for essentials but for advanced equipment that makes a baby’s journey more comfortable.”
Becky is now working on her next book which is to be called ‘Beyond the Chocolate Window’ and will contain meditations for the Christmas Season.
A Kindle edition of ‘In the Shadows of Victory: Ride the Rollercoaster of Holy Week’ is now available from Amazon for £4.81.
You can contribute to the Saving Tiny Lives campaign in the following ways:
text BIBS90 followed by either £1, £2, £5, or £10 to 70070
send a cheque made payable to BIBS to BIBS, for the attention of Phil Meredith, Buscot Ward, Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, RG1 5AN.
November 17 is World Prematurity Day, a UNICEF backed initiative that will raise awareness of premature births. For more information, see www.efcni.org/index.php?id=991
To find out more about BIBS, go to www.bibs.org.uk