In Leo’s name, we have vowed to support the organisations that have helped us since we found out that he died.
To date (March 2017) we have raised £15,000 in Leo’s name for four key charities: SANDS, Tommys, Aching Arms and MAMA Academy. It will never be enough to right the wrong, so we will just keep on going.
Feel free to ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ our fundraising page on Facebook to keep up to date with our activities – this is a page which is less about the grief journey, and more about the legacy.
If you’d like to contribute to Leo’s legacy, we have a number of different events and activities already in process. If you are interested in raising money for charity in Leo’s name, please just drop us a message. We’d be forever grateful for any support that you can offer.
In 2017, we have pledged to reach £5000 for Tommys specifically due to the support that they have given us with Leo’s post mortem, sharing his story, and now in our current pregnancy. We are taking part in the Southampton Half Marathon, Ride Oxford and Ride London as well as doing many other events. Our Tommy’s fundraising page is here: www.virginmoneygiving.com/leophoenix
WHY DO WE FUNDRAISE?
15 babies are stillborn everyday in the UK, a shocking statistic especially when many other European countries are outperforming us in their prevention of stillbirth. Many are left ‘unexplained’ meaning health care professionals are left unable to learn from these tragedies, and parents are left wondering why.
More research is vital, and so is bereavement care. This underfunded area of maternity services, leaves many hospitals relying solely on charitable donations driven often by bereaved families in the wake of their own grief. This results in a huge postcode lottery into the level of care, support and time that parents are afforded. Specialised bereavement wards and suites are able to look after couples away from the main labour and delivery wards, giving families privacy and space to spend precious time with their babies and preparing to say goodbye, just after they’ve said hello.
Ongoing support and aftercare is equally crucial to ensure families are able to slowly learn how to interweave such a unique grief into their life and discover how to move forward, but not on. The early days can shape a families grief journey and support groups and bereavement midwives are crucial in this.
Thank you for any support, be it donation or just helping to spread the word. If you want to do something in his name, get in touch – we’d be so grateful.
If you would like to donate, feel free to get touch.
PAST EVENTS IN LEO’S NAME
Colour Rush Windsor, May 2016 – Reading Half Marathon, May 2016 – Aching Arms Tea Party, June 2016 – Tommys events at RAF Benson Families Day, July 2016 – Colour Rush Birmingham, August 2016 – River Ness 5km, Sept 2016 – Oxford Half Marathon, Oct 2016 – Aching Arms Miles in Memory, Oct 2016.
See our video of the Colour Obstacle Rush here…
And some recent pictures from our fundraising events here…