** I received payment for this post but will be donating the entire fee to Tommy’s as well as raising money for the event privately. **
Every year, 1 in 4 women lose a baby during pregnancy or birth and, as you all know, I am that 1 in 4. Not only did we lose countless babies to miscarriage during the first trimester, but we lost our beautiful boy, Joseph, to stillbirth back in July 2006. Losing a baby is indescribably hard and, looking back now, I have no idea how we ever survived such a loss, sometimes I’m not even sure that we really did. Learning to live again was incredibly difficult; learning to smile again, to laugh again, to let go, move forward, and be brave enough to try again, was, and is, an on-going battle, but with the support of Tommy’s it was made that little bit easier. And for that, I will always be grateful.
Over the years I have struggled with my guilt at losing a baby I had loved and wanted so very much, beating myself up for not realising that something was wrong on that fateful day, never knowing why our son had to die, nor finding out the answers I so desperately needed to comprehend such a loss. And yet the one thing I could do, and still do to this day, is to honour Joseph’s memory by supporting the charities who work tirelessly to lower statistics so that fewer parents will be sitting here where I am today, wondering who their child would have been.
Together Water Babies and Tommy’s are committed to raising money through their annual Splashathon where Mum’s, Dad’s and babies across the country can take part to help other babies who aren’t so lucky. Every pound raised will help fund life-saving research and this year the charity aims to raise £1 million pounds, which is incredible.
Water Babies invite parents and babies who already attend their local Water Babies classes to take part in the fundraising events which are Peppa Pig Pirate and Princess themed. Little ones will be encouraged to dress up and there will be lots of water-based fun including a challenge to swim a width.
If likes us, you don’t attend Water Babies classes, but still want to support the charity, there are so many ways you can go ahead and do this. You can still contribute to the fundraising event by donating directly via the fundraising page here and taking part in the fun quiz here. It’s so easy to do and really will make all the difference.
For those who attend Water Babies classes please do take part and help Tommy’s to reach their target this year. Believe me when I tell you that charities such as Tommy’s not only save the lives of babies, but they save the lives of us bereaved parents too, and they deserve all the support and recognition they can get. I shall be fundraising privately with the children in memory of our beautiful Joseph and all of the babies gone too soon.