Hi Everyone,

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

My daughter, Polly died due to a rare mitochondrial disorder at 14 months old in January 2012. She was continually in hospital from 4 months old, where I stayed with her and we spent the last few months in Bluebell Wood Childrens hospice.

I have another daughter who is now 4 years old (in the picture) and she could not spend much time with us at the hospital. Due to Polly's complex needs and traeceostomy she was on the High Depency Unit which was not suitable for a 2 year old.

When myself, Polly and other daughter transferred to the hospice we were at last able to live as family unit again. You can read my full story on the Bluebellwood Website:

Bluebell Wood Childrens hospice is an amazing facility and service for children with a life limiting illness. There is no statuatory government funding and it costs £3 million a year to run the hospice.

It provides respite for carers, end of life care and bereavment support. The help and support you receive for the child and the family is unbelieable and created some magical memories and makes an unthinkable situation a little more bearable.

As a parent, you are meeting people that are going though similar experiences. There are such lovely staff and people to guide you on the journey of your child's death.

I am overweight but having being going to the gym to combat my depression since Polly died and found the gym a great escape and feel happy there and found the staff so helpful. Now with the help of my personal trainer Kerry and everyone at the gym I had a mission to complete the Endurer Dash on 28th Sept 2013 to raise funds for a much needed charity. The Endurer dash is a very tough physical and mental challege for me, unfortunately in April I became very weak and tired and had many pains. I had an iron deficiency and it is has since been found I have Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME). Getting through the day and caring for my 4 year old is a challenge in itself. Also my Grandma passed away 15th June 2013 which has been upsetting. Therefore, I will need to re-consider the challenge for BBW and wish to return the gym.

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I really don't know how I would have coped with my daughter's death and looking after another child as a single parent without Bluebell Wood, who are still supporting me now.

So please dig deep and donate now to help other families like mine. I am sorry I have not been able to complete the Endurer dash I hope you understand.

Thank you for your generousity and apologise for delay in completing a challenge.

I will be doing a challenge which will be worth you donating!!!

Cheryl xx

Updates 6

My grandma passed away 15th June and is very upsetting. I am finding daily life & caring for 4 year old a challenge. I am very sorry I have not been able to do the Endurer Dash and I hope those that have sponsored me understand. Apologies but I will do a challenge in the future..

03/07/13 12:51

I am sorrry I am unable to complete the Endurer Dash in September. In April I became ill with tiredness & pains & iron deficiency. It has been found I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) & everyday activities are a challenge. I will do something more achievable in the future....

03/07/13 12:45

The new date for the Endurer Dash is Saturday 28th September 2013. I am not well enough to take part in the April event due to iron deficiency. Apologises & Thank you for everyones continued support. Cheryl

05/04/13 11:06

Thank you all for your sponsors. Unfortunately I have taken ill with iron deficiency & low BP making me very dizzy & lethargic. I feel not able to do Event in April. I aim to do next one in Sept 2013, all sponsors with go towards that Event. Sorry for any disappointment. Cheryl

28/03/13 11:44

I have broken my PB on the stepper this week and done 37 floors in 10mins at level 8 & 9! Done 7Hrs training this week... Tired but happy with a spring in my step & all thanks to the support & motivation from family, friends and everyone in the gym especially my trainer Kerry!

02/03/13 04:52

Raising money for

Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice

Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice

Charity Registration No. 1076958

Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice offers care and support to children with a shortened life expectancy. We give families the gift of time with their children to create unforgettable memories. Most importantly, we're here to support families during the hardest times they will ever have to face.

Raising money for

Run by Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice

Charity Registration No. 1076958

Donations 9

You go girl, I will be thinking of you and hope that you shine (not the sweaty kind of shine though, that's weird)

Donation by Holly Walker on 04/04/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good Luck Cheryl :) Luv & Hugs Claire and Joe xxx

Donation by Claire Malcolmson on 02/04/13


I wish I was there to do it with you! I love you tons, good luck - I am so proud of you!

Donation by Georgette Dunn on 27/03/13


Good luck with the fundraising xxx

Donation by Alison Pritt on 21/03/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Karen McCluskey on 19/03/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Sending lots of good luck wishes from a family who understand.

Donation by The Sharpe family on 16/03/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Kate on 13/03/13

You're mad!(and inspiring and very brave!) Good luck! Wendy

Donation by Wendy Brailsford on 01/03/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

well done you and enjoy the training! lots of love

Donation by Isobel on 28/02/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£167.49
  • Offline donations£25.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£192.49
  • Gift Aid£27.50

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