Beccles man presented with top award by national charity Bliss

Philip Crisp, and his daughter Tasmin, at the Bliss award ceremony. Philip Crisp, and his daughter Tasmin, at the Bliss award ceremony.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
1:08 PM

A Beccles man has been presented with a national award after raising more than £15,000 for a charity which supports parents of babies born prematurely.

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In November 2000, Philip Crisp’s wife gave birth to their daughter Tamsin 16 weeks premature.

After Tamsin recovered from her early birth and was able to go home, Philip began to raise funds to help other children born in similar situations and started raising money for Bliss, the special care baby charity.

On Thursday last week, he was given an award at London’s City Hall for raising over £15,000 for them.

Philip’s wife Jane was 22 weeks pregnant with Tamsin, their second child, when they realised things weren’t quite right.

Jane began losing amniotic fluid and she and Phil drove to the Manor Hospital in Walsall where she was admitted.

She spent two weeks in the hospital confined to total bed rest, before being transferred to the Newcross Hospital in Wolverhampton, a specialist neonatal hospital.

Philip and Jane were told that their baby only had a 10pc chance of survival, but one week later Tamsin was born, weighing just 2lbs 2oz.

Happily Tamsin grew healthier, was able to leave hospital after 16 weeks, and is now a happy, healthy teenager.

Since then, Philip has raised £15,500 for Bliss to help other families of babies born premature and sick, by doing events including last year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, four London Marathons, and several half marathons.

Philip accepted a ‘Making a Difference Award’ from Bliss at a special thank you event at City Hall in London, the headquarters of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the London Assembly.

The fundraising isn’t over, as this August Phil will be taking part in the 100 mile Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle again to raise more money for Bliss, which provides support and advice to families of babies born premature and sick in the UK

Phil said: “Bliss is a charity who help support families of premature and low birthweight babies like Tamsin. We found their reassurance and support invaluable, in addition to the information, help and support we received from the nurses and doctors. It made the difference between hope and despair.

“In situations like these without hope you have nothing. I’m riding for Bliss to help other families in the same situation we were in, I want to help give something back.”

Alaric Shorter, Bliss Events Manager said: “Phil has given incredible amounts back to Bliss; he’s one of our most active and long term supporters, having raised an amazing amount of money. He’s returned for more punishment to do the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 again, and we can’t thank him enough for his commitment and generosity.

“He was a worthy winner of our Making a Difference Award.”

• For more information or to donate to Phil’s fundraising efforts, visit www.justgiving.com/Philip-CrispPRL2014

• For more information about Bliss, visit www.bliss.org.uk

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