Norfolk babies use superpowers to support charity
They couldn't quite get to infinity and beyond but a team of babies have summoned their superhero powers to raise money for baby charity Tommy's.
The tots took part in a Sensathon run by Baby Sensory and were sponsored to triumph against a set of superhero challenges to fund vital research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage.
The session in Swanton Morley village hall was one of several being held by Baby Sensory franchises around the county and across the UK with the aim to raise £375,000 nationwide.
The babies all dressed for the occasion with capes and superbabygros ranging from a Mutant Ninja Turtle to a Harry Potter complete with painted forehead scar.
They interacted with bubbles, flashing lights and a star-painted parachute while listening to space-themed music.
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Lisa Stickells, who runs North Norfolk Baby Sensory, said: 'This Superhero Sensathon is an enormously fun event that encourages parents and babies to tap in to their inner Batman and raise funds for the research work Tommy's pioneers into the causes and prevention of miscarriage, stillbirth and premature births.
'Two years ago we held a cowboy theme and that raised £185,000 across the UK so we aim to do even better this time. I estimate in my eight classes to have raised £1,000 which is fantastic.'
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She said the cause was close to many of the parents' hearts. Statistically one in four UK parents loses a baby during pregnancy or birth and 60,000 babies are born prematurely each year. The money raised will help fund Tommy's four research centres.
Jane Brewin, chief executive of Tommy's, said: 'Sensathon is a great way for mums and dads to involve their little ones in a good cause. Tommy's relies on the generosity and hard work of its supporters like Baby Sensory to continue its pioneering research to prevent pregnancy complications.'
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