Tough Mudder for Beyond Bea
On the 7th September 2019 Martin is competing in Tough Mudder North West as part of the Beyond Bea Charity team. Beyond Bea Charity was set up by midwife and mother to Bea to provide bereavement training days and memory making workshops to health professionals working with bereaved parents.
More information about Martin’s Tough Mudder can be found on his fundraising page.
The Yorkshire Marathon
In October 2018 our friend Jenny ran The Yorkshire Marathon with an incredible finish time of 3:57:45 and raised £215 for Forget-Me-Not in Henry’s name while doing so. Thank you Jenny!
Bake Sale for Forget-me-Not Children’s Hospice
As part of our village’s Spring Clean Garage Sale event we ran a (rather last minute) cake sale and raised over £250 for Forget-Me-Not. We couldn’t have done it without the help of friends who baked cakes, bought cakes and helped sell cakes and the kind neighbours who lent us their front garden to set up stall. Thank you all of you!
Channel Distance Swim
During April 2018 I swam the distance of the the channel (22 miles, 35.4km, 1416 lengths) in my local pool raising a total of £2525.88 for Forget-Me-Not Children’s Hospice and SANDS. Thank you to every single person who donated, I was absolutely blown away by everyone’s support and generosity.
This challenge is usually completed over 12 weeks but I set myself a personal target of completing it in just a month. I wrote about why I chose to swim here.
Click the green line on the map below to see information about individual sessions.
Dress Down Day
In March 2018 my cousin’s office held a dress down day raising £247 for Sands, The Stillbirth And Neonatal Death charity.
Since Henry died Martin and I have been supported by a number of charitable organisations including: Sands; Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice; Our Angels; 4Louis; Remember My Baby; Aching Arms and the Snowdrop Bereavement Suite at Bradford Royal Infirmary. I am grateful to every single one and in time hope to be able to do something for each of them, for now my focus is on the ones whose support has been most crucial in these first few months after Henry’s death.
Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice gave us a place to stay in the immediate aftermath of Henry’s death, taking care of us, supporting us emotionally and helping with practical arrangements for Henry’s funeral. They continue to support us as we learn to adjust to life without Henry.
Sands provide support for anyone affected by the death of a child through written information, a helpline, local support groups and a befriending service. They also fund research to prevent babies dying. A few weeks after Henry died we attended our first Sands meeting and the relief of talking to other parents who’d had similar experiences was immeasurable.
If you would like to do some fundraising in Henry’s memory, or have any fundraising ideas get in touch and let me know.