Local woman named one of Westfield’s Local Heroes

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Megan Norbury was named one of the three Westfield Local Heroes for Carousel.
Camera IconMegan Norbury was named one of the three Westfield Local Heroes for Carousel.

A Baldivis woman has been named one of Westfield Carousel’s Local Heroes and won $10,000 for the Miracle Babies Foundation.

For the last five years, Megan Norbury has provided a shoulder to lean on for new parents whose babies are born sick or premature and now one of them has nominated her as a local hero.

“I’ve had two babies that were born premature and they’re now 10 and 15. When I had my first, this was before Facebook and social media, I just found it was really hard to connect with people,” Ms Norbury said.

“All my family and friends had full-term healthy babies and I didn’t know anyone that had a baby born prematurely and I felt really isolated and quite lonely.

“About six years ago I came across Miracle Babies and I just thought it was exactly the support I wish I had when I went through it. I started off as a volunteer and I’m in a paid position now and just had my five year anniversary.”

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists at each Westfield centre awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation.

“I run two groups, one in Warnbro and one in Willetton, and it was a parent from the Willetton group who nominated me. I’d never heard of the Local Hero awards until I got a phone call one day telling me I had been nominated, it was a really special surprise,” she said. As for how Miracle Babies plans to use the $10,000, Ms Norbury said the money would go to supplying packs to families with premature babies in hospitals. “Anything that Miracle Babies does is free, we don’t charge for anything. Some of our biggest expenses are running our groups, we also do a Christmas party where all the children get presents, and we provide a lot of resources to hospitals.

“We provide packs for mums on bed rest, when the baby is born, milk expressing packs and graduation packs, and all of this is free to hospitals,” she said.

Ms Norbury said she was very thankful for Westfield and everyone who supported her during the nomination process.

“I’m just blown away that the person who nominated me went to so much effort to do this. I love my job more than anything, so to be recognised like this by the families I support was so special.”

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