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Each year over 4,500 pre-term babies are born in Ireland. International World Prematurity Day takes place today, and countries across the globe are raising awareness of prematurity and the problems that can be associated with it.

The charity Irish Premature Babies delivers front line services to families and support the work of the neonatal intensive care units around Ireland by buying and providing vital equipment towards the care of pre-term babies.

Their current fundraising endeavour is to purchase 10 hospital grade breast pumps which will cost approximately €22,000. To lend your support, the charity have released their 2017 calendar, and all funding from the proceeds with go towards buying these pumps.

The calendar can be purchased for €10 from their website www.irishprematurebabies.com.