When I originally booked my Jump For Love for the amazing charity, Saying Goodbye (a division of the Mariposa Trust) it was booked for February. Then came those winter storms that brought 80mph winds and a flooded runway at Headcorn that delayed it slightly… until tomorrow in fact (gulp)!
This delay has meant that I have had more time to think about what on earth it is that I am doing as well as finding out more and more about what amazing work Saying Goodbye does and raise more and more money for them.
People may not have heard about Saying Goodbye, or the support it offers bereaved parents (who have lost a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, however long ago) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. It is run by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates who started it after experiencing their own losses.
Working as first a children’s nurse and then a neonatal nurse means I have had first-hand experience at seeing the devastation caused by the loss of a child through illness or accident. I have seen how broken these families are when their little ones won’t be coming home with them. Through Saying Goodbye UK I have also learnt of the rates of stillbirth and miscarriage in the UK, a rarely discussed and more hidden aspect of baby loss.
If this charity could support just one family through the worst time in their history, then surely it would be worthwhile? But it doesn’t, Saying Goodbye includes all families who are broken in this way. Their memorial services are open to anyone who has lost a child, in any way, at any time, however long ago it may have happened. They understand the pain doesn’t go away.
I am absolutely petrified of flying, but as soon as Saying Goodbye asked people to do this Skydive for them I knew it was something that I wanted to be involved in. For the thousands of babies and children whose parents have empty arms and a heart full of tears, I wanted to support them and show them that they will not be forgotten.
My fundraising page is here, or you could undertake a challenge for them yourself…?!
Thank you for listening