Research across the country has now paused with labs closed or diverted to support COVID-19 testing. All clinical researchers have rejoined the NHS frontline. We are committed to continue funding the research teams — many are now part of the COVID-19 effort — at this critical time of need. But without urgent funds, there is a real risk that some of the ground-breaking research into preterm birth may never re-start.
As a medical research charity, we receive no government support to ensure that our research can continue. We are expecting an unprecedented drop in our fundraising revenue, with events and challenges cancelled till further notice. Without your help, it’s likely that some of our research may be deferred indefinitely and we will not be able to invest in more promising research that needs to get underway as soon as we move beyond this period of lockdown.
Mothers and babies continue to suffer in terms of mortality and lifelong disability due to the lack of knowledge surrounding pregnancy and childbirth. Complications arising from premature birth are the leading cause of infant mortality in children under the age of five around the world today. Premature babies face many challenging issues from the moment they are born, and their lives are often complicated by long-term disability. For parents, this unexpected, life-changing event turns their hope and joy into anxiety and anguish. We must ensure that momentum is not lost.
Your donation or modest regular gift, no matter how small, would go a long way to ensure that the research into preterm birth can continue beyond this crisis.