Natasha’s Aerial Adventure!
10th February 2013
Natasha Nicholson, a breastfeeding peer counsellor at Newtown breastfeeding support group, took part in an aerial treetop adventure and raised over £200 for our milk bank as part of World Milk Sharing week in 2012.
The event took place in September 2012 at Center Parcs, Longleat in Wiltshire where Natasha took to the tree tops to tackle a course of challenging obstacles high above the ground ending with a 200m zip wire over the lake.
Talking about her challenge Natasha said “At first I was quite nervous – it’s a long way down! But once I was up there I could focus on the challenge and even stopped on one of the platforms to reflect on all the babies and families I would be helping but completing my aerial adventure and raising money. This spurred me on to continue and leap off the final platform onto the zip wire!”
World Milk Sharing week is held annually to raise awareness in the importance of donating breastmilk and how it saves the lives of thousands of sick and premature babies every year. Breastmilk donation is something that Natasha feels very strongly about and she became a donor herself after her second child was born last year.
“My daughter was born a month premature 3 years ago and although it took her 6 weeks to learn how to breastfeed I was lucky that I was producing milk so could express and feed it to her. However, lots of mums who’s babies are born early don’t produce milk and rely on donated milk to feed their babies. Breastmilk provides nutrients that formula can’t and can even mean the difference between life and death for a sick baby, but is very costly to collect and screen so I wanted to do more than just donate my milk. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who sponsored me and helped me to raise money for this very worthy cause.”