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Do One Thing Everyday That Scares You…

…well maybe not EVERYDAY but I certainly conquered my fear on Saturday when I clambered into the back of the smallest aircraft I had ever seen and squeezed onto the floor with 13 other people wearing the very latest in fashionable jumpsuits, hats, goggles and harnesses.
Let me get one thing straight, I hate flying. I even hate going onto one of those huge jets that whisks you away on holiday, most long haul flights I have taken have required a lot of rescue remedy to get me through them. So this mini plane with it’s teeny engine was not filling me with confidence, but I had made a promise to myself, the friends and family who sponsored me and to the amazing charity that is Saying Goodbye and I was not about to let anyone down. To tell you the truth after 15mins of spiralling upwards to a height of 12000 feet I was more than willing to jump out, just to get out of the plane!!
Skydiving is an absolutely amazing experience. From actually being told to scream your lungs out when you initially hurtle out at 200mph to the gorgeous views when your parachute opens, it is so cathartic and rejuvenating. I don’t think the smile has even been wiped off my face now, 4 days later! Plus, doing something for a charity that you know does such good work can never be bad.

I would like to thank the Saying Goodbye team for providing me with the opportunity to do good work in this fantastic way and Skydive at Headcorn (especially my lovely instructor, Del) for looking after me so well on this, my day to remember.
If you would like to support this charity and sponsor me for my skydive then please visit x


Jump For Love Skydive for Saying Goodbye UK

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


Skydiving for Charity: a Jump for Love!

Happy 2014 everyone! This is the year that I turn 30. It is also the year that I am doing a skydive for Saying Goodbye: the babyloss charity. I am sure these two things are entirely unrelated….!

When I first came across this charity on twitter (follow @SayingGoodbyeUK) I could barely believe the statistics regarding rates of miscarriage and stillbirth in the UK, yet it remains a subject that people don’t talk about. Approximately 250,000 babies are lost through miscarriage every year- that is about two every single minute. There are also approximately 4,000 stillbirths, that’s nearly 11 babies every day. This doesn’t include all the babies who pass away in infancy. Saying Goodbye offers support to all these parents and others affected by baby and infant loss through national remembrance services as a division of The Mariposa Trust .

I started my training as a children’s nurse 11 years ago and for the past 5 1/2 years I have specialised in neonatal (babies less than 28 days old) intensive care. The nurses and doctors (and physios, vent tech, dietitians, lab workers and all other members of the multiple-disciplinary team) work tirelessly to help get these babies better. I have, unfortunately, witnessed tragedy and loss during my time and seen parents going through the utterly worst time of their lives. Saying Goodbye offers these families somewhere to grieve with others who understand the pain and who won’t judge. I knew I wanted to do something to support them.

I, as my friends know, am terrified of flying, so the idea of Skydiving seems absolutely crazy to me. But as no-one would sponsor me for eating chocolate or having a nap I needed to “go big or go home”. The idea is that on 15th February 2014, 254 people will undertake the “Jump for Love”- one for every 1000 babies lost through miscarriage or stillbirth. We need to raise at least £395 to undertake the jump at all but we would like to aim for £1000 (£1 for each of those babies). As I only have 40-odd days I think this may be a pipe-dream but it is an aim and I would love to get as much as I can.

If you are feeling generous after the over-indulgence of Christmas and New Year and if you can see what a worthwhile cause is is, then please join me to help break the taboo of loss and donate now. My fundraising page is here, every donation matters.

Thank you.