After Allison's daughter Delilah was born at 24 weeks, she spent 9 months in and out of various hospitals during the critical first few months of her baby girl's life. It's impossible to even imagine the emotions and stress that must face a family at that time, but Allison was supported so much by the amazing Sick Children's Trust (SCT). The SCT provided Allison with a place to call home nearby the various hospitals that Delilah visited, so that she could stay as close as possible to her treasured daughter. In honour of Delilah and to give something back to the SCT, Allison has set up Little Delilah making bespoke children's clothes and is generously donating 10% of all sales to the SCT. What better reason do you need to snap up some of her gorgeous creations!
Tell us a bit about your family
Myself Allison 42, my husband Jonathan 47 and our daughter 2.5-year-old Delilah. Not to mention Gilbert the Dog and Pilchard the cat.
When and why did you decide to set up Little Delilah?
Little Delilah was set up recently in honour of my little girl Delilah who was born at 24 weeks and spent 9 months in a hospital and has cerebral palsy.
It's something that I've been wanting to do for a while now but due to Delilah's health issues, I just didn't have the time. I have always enjoyed making clothes for others and wanted to set up a brand catering in bespoke handmade girls clothing.
What makes Little Delilah special?
All our items are limited to just 20 items for each style using only the best quality material.
We wanted to give something back to the Sick Children’s Trust who has helped us throughout Delilah's stay in the hospital so for every sale, we will be donating 10% to them.
What are your top tips for maternity leave?
My tips to any new mum would be to enjoy every moment as it goes so quickly. I never had this opportunity as my maternity time was spent in the hospital. But I did find when Delilah came home being at home all day can sometimes be very daunting and lonely. So I would definitely suggest joining groups and meeting new mums. When I finally got to do this it really helped me and helped bring Delilah on, as well as making some good friends.
Do you have any extra special advice or support to give families who may have children in hospital?
Stay strong. Never give up hope and always ask questions and go with your gut feeling. Mums are usually right regarding there children, that's what I have learnt along the way. Being in an extremely stressful situation can drain you. So I would definitely say take an hour or so out even if you don't want to. It helps clear your head.
What's next for you and Little Delilah?
I have been overwhelmed by the response I've received since launching little Delilah and a few months ago I would never have imagined it becoming a reality. We are working on exciting new designs and will be introducing a baby range soon. Going forward we are looking to expand the business with other ranges and continue to raise awareness for the Sick Children’s Trust.
Check out The Sick Children's Trust website to find out how you can donate or volunteer your time.