Guess when our baby will arrive and win prize
A PAIR of prospective parents are encouraging people to make a prediction on the arrival of their first baby in support of their favourite charity.
Susie and Mark Bowers' baby is due to arrive tomorrow but to take their minds off the wait the couple decided to set up a sweepstake in support of Bristol charity For-Ethiopia.
The Horfield couple are giving people the chance to win tickets to gigs for several popular bands through the sweepstake, which has already raised more than £1,000 towards building a well in Africa.
Mr Bowers, 32, has been getting gradually more involved with the charity that helps with projects to support health, water and sanitation and education in Ethiopia.
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And as he works for a music promotions company he managed to get hold of tickets for either Coldplay, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Wretch 32 and Keane to give away as prize for the person who manages to pick the date and time closest to the arrival of their first child.
Mrs Bowers, 29, a writer, said: "I just wanted to support the charity.
"We have got a lot of friends running the Bristol 10k this year but they looked at me with my bump and said 'you're not going to be able to do that', quite happily for me as I'm not really a runner.
"I started thinking of ways to fundraise when it occurred to me that I'm going to go through labour, and that's pretty extreme in itself and powerful and I thought it could be an even better way of making an impact outside of us as a family.
"We are really excited about having our first baby and because it is going to be completely life-changing we thought it would be a great way of changing other people's lives."
The winner of the sweepstake can of choose their preferred gig.
Mr Bowers said: "The idea seems to have really captured people's imagination – especially as only five per cent of women give birth on their estimated due date, so it literally is anyone's guess."
To take part in the sweepstake visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/ buildawell to make a donation to For-Ethiopia and leave a prediction of the time and date the Bowers' baby will arrive along with an email address for the couple to contact the successful bidders.
To find out more about the charity visit for-ethiopia.com.