Big names lend support to little people's party; FUNDRAISER: Coventry-based charity's idea praised by PM.Byline: By Samantha Clarke
BACKING.Conservative leader David Cameron Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. (left), Sky Blues boss Micky Adams Michael Richard "Micky" Adams (born 8 November 1961 in Sheffield) is a professional football manager in England and former player. Playing career
Adams began his playing career at Gillingham and also had spells at Coventry City, Leeds United and Southampton. , and Tony and Cherie Blair all praised Baby Lifeline's work and wished the party idea well
SUPPORT for a national fundraiser spearheaded by a Coventry charity is gathering momentum, with top politicians and city sportsmen lending their weight.
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Anthony Charles Lynton Blair, Blair and Tory leader David Cameron have each sent messages of good luck to city-based Baby Lifeline, which is planning its first Little People's Great Big Party next week.
Sky Blues boss Micky Adams and his family have also signed up to the event.
Organisers describe the fundraiser as the equivalent of Macmillan Cancer Relief's World's Biggest Coffee Morning- but for little people.
They are hoping thousands of babies and youngsters from mum and toddler groups, playgroups and nurseries nationwide will hold parties - swelling charity coffers by at least pounds 500,000.
Already, the event has gained support from across the country, and from playgroups in Italy and Tenerife.
Micky and his family and club players will join the Little People's Great Big Sky Blue Party, at the Alan Higgs Alan Higgs was a successful self-made businessman who became a multimillionaire mainly from his house building business in Coventry, as well as from other businesses in Birmingham, England. Centre in Allard Way.
The event will be one of thousands next Thursday, although Baby Lifeline is urging groups nationwide to host their own parties any time next week, which coincides with National Mother and Baby Week.
Money raised will fund lifesaving specialist equipment in special care baby units and maternity wards across Britain.
The message from Tony and Cherie Blair says: "We know from personal experience of the exceptional dedication and skills possessed by NHS NHS
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"They do a vital job and deserve our thanks and support which is exactly what Baby Lifeline does.
"So it's a great idea for nurseries and mother-and-baby groups across the country to stage fund-raising parties to help Baby Lifeline expand its work."
Mr Cameron said: "This is a fantastic initiative. Not only does it sound like great fun for thousands of children across the country but it will raise invaluable funds to support health professionals in the maternity sector - in particular with more specialist training and equipment.
"Everyone who has seen their work will know just how vital it is."
Mr Cameron went on: "Baby Lifeline has achieved a huge amount for Britain's maternity services and hospitals, for which many parents and children have cause to be profoundly grateful."
HOW YOU CAN HELP: For details on the Alan Higgs or other parties, or to host your own, register online at www.babylifeline or contact the charity on 024 7642 2135