The mothers who wore their swimsuits on the Tube (in aid of Tommy’s)

Full respect to those game parents (and children) who took to the streets of London last week decked out in their swimming kit. They did it in aid of Splashathon, a bi-annual event for Tommy’s, the charity that funds research into miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth.

The bathers were photographed making their way around London on the underground and splashing about in the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.


Along for the fun were Peppa Pig and model Nancy Sorrell, both Tommy’s Ambassadors, who were keen to raise awareness of the Splashathon. Anyone under the age of five can take part – you just need to complete a splashing challenge in your swimming class (with Water Babies or Swimming Rocks for example) or at your local swimming pool.

The funds raised will go towards a new research centre focusing on early miscarriage.

  • Raise £1+ and get a certificate.
  • Raise £30 and get a cloth sew-on Peppa Pig badge.
  • Raise £100 and get an exclusive Peppa Pig Splash DVD.
  • Raise £200 and get a limited edition Peppa Pig bag and goodies.
  • Plus, the highest overall fundraiser will win tickets for a family of four to Peppa Pig World along with one night’s hotel accommodation

For more information, see the Splashathon website

Tommy’s currently funds three research centres in London, Manchester and Edinburgh dedicated to preventing stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage.  Your Splashathon fundraising will help us to open a fourth centre committed to preventing early miscarriage, helping mums like Kate who went through the heart ache of 14 miscarriages to have her 3 beautiful children:

My husband and I were so happy and excited when I first fell pregnant.  But just forty-eight hours after celebrating, I miscarried.  It took two more miscarriages before we were taken seriously. My next pregnancy I was put onto low dose aspirin and given weekly scans to check for a heartbeat.  The result was our wonderful Theodora.

I went on to have 5 further miscarriages over the next 3 years.  We saw a heartbeat at around 6 weeks for each baby but the treatment wasn’t working.  I was to take daily injections of Heparin, as well as the aspirin, in the next pregnancy.  It was terrifying with a lot of bleeding. But gorgeous Edgar made it.

We were both from big families and our plan had been 4 children.  After Edgar I fell pregnant easily again, followed the same programme, and made it through the scary weeks of bleeding to have lovely Lola.   We did try for a 4th child but over the next 4 years I had 6 more miscarriages, so we decided to stop and be content with our beautiful family. 

We would not have had any of our wonderful children with the benefit of pioneering research.  But, there is just still much more to be done which is why your support is so important.


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