Center Parcs Crowned Winner of Best UK Holiday Provider at Tommy’s Let’s Get Baby Friendly Awards

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At a glittering ceremony at the Landmark Hotel in London, baby charity Tommy’s announced the winners of its annual Let’s get baby friendly Awards.

17th annual ceremony sees record number of votes cast.

Friday 16th March 2012 – At a glittering ceremony at the Landmark Hotel in London, baby charity Tommy’s announced the winners of its annual Let’s get baby friendly Awards.

Since 1995 Tommy's Awards has recognised the vital support that friends, family and health professionals offer couples who suffer a pregnancy complication or loss of a baby. The Awards also recognise the organisations that are making a real difference to family’s lives all over the UK, and ensuring parents’ needs are met.

This year, a record number of votes were cast throughout January and February 2012: with 205,799 votes cast in total, this was an almost 200% increase in voting numbers since the year before, showing that parents really are standing up and rewarding the companies that go that extra mile to be truly ‘baby friendly’.

Votes were cast in a wide variety of categories, ranging from best family supermarket to most eco-friendly baby company.

Helen Horner from Center Parcs commented: “We are delighted to have been named Best UK Holiday Provider in the Tommy’s Let’s Get Baby Friendly Awards 2011. This is a testament to the fantastic services, activities and facilities we have available for families with young children and babies. This is becoming an increasingly competitive category and with parents voting in these awards, it is a real honour to receive.”

The ceremony was hosted by David and Carrie Grant, and the awards were presented by an array of other celebrity parents including Natasha Hamilton, Kirsten O’Brien, Saira Khan, Lizzie Cundy, Samantha Bond, Kirsty McCabe, Lee Mead, Terri Dwyer, Harriet Scott, Nancy Sorrell, and Louise Minchin.

Tommy’s Chief Executive, Jane Brewin, said:
“Being a parent isn’t always easy, so the efforts made by organisations who really strive to take parents’ needs into account go a long way to making life easier. The Tommy’s Let’s get baby friendly Awards give us a way to thank the individuals and companies who above and beyond to reduce the stresses of parenthood for mums and dads across the UK.”

And the winners are…
Best baby food brand – Cow & Gate
Best baby skincare brand – Johnson’s Baby
Best family supermarket – Asda
Best new-born baby essentials brand – Pampers
Best toy shop – Early Learning Centre
Best baby clothes – Next
Best children’s activity provider – Sure Start Children’s Centres
Best family restaurant – Pizza Hut
Best UK holiday provider – Center Parcs
Best overseas holiday provider – Thomas Cook

Tommy’s and EBP Green Award for the most eco-friendly baby brand – Bambino Mio
Tommy’s & Philips Avent Angel Award – Jason Duggan
Tommy’s & Danone Baby Nutrition Hero Awards – Dr Gordon Mackinnon, Brenda Bartlett, Mary Bilous.
Tommy’s & Build-A-Bear Workshop Champion Children Awards – Skye Swinton, Isla Wilson and Oliver Mills attended to represent all children born prematurely across the UK
Tommy’s & Hologic Miracle Unit Award – Liverpool Women’s Neonatal Unit
– ENDS –

NOTES TO EDITOR

For further information about Tommy’s Let’s get baby friendly Awards, please contact: Vicky Hubbard (vhubbard(at)tommys.org) or Dawn Tennant (dtennant(at)tommys.org) call Tommy’s Press Office on 020 7398 3448/6.

About Tommy’s
At Tommy’s we believe it is unacceptable that one in four women loses a baby every year.
We want to give every baby the best chance of being born healthy, so we work to fund medical research into the causes of premature birth, stillbirth and miscarriage, and provide a free information service that educates all parents-to-be about health in pregnancy.
Our information service is informed by our medical research and includes a telephone midwife service, a comprehensive website and free books and leaflets promoting health in pregnancy.
By 2030 we want to halve the number of babies who die during pregnancy or birth.
Tommy’s registered charity number is 1060508 and SC039280.
http://www.tommys.org

Tommy’s Let’s get baby friendly Awards
The awards started in 1995 to raise awareness of the needs of parents with small children and encourage companies to take their needs into account. Since the launch of the Awards, Tommy’s has credited over 200 organisations for vast improvements and higher levels of service for parents with babies and young children.

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