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    Weʼve raised £1,310 to Buy a number of portable aspirator units & training that will lower the risk of poorly children choking when away from a medical setting.

    Larne, United Kingdom
    Funded on Friday, 20th October 2017

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    Story

    A wonderful family lost their beautiful baby girl.

    Isla acquired a severe life threatening brain injury at aged 6 months.

    Unlike many families that find themselves in this situation, her wonderful mummy, Laura has been nursing for a staggering 18 years working in all areas of woman and child health and studied palliative care (caring for those who are at end stage of life - maximizing their life to the best it could be before they passed away.) With this background Laura fought every step of the way for her beautiful Isla, with the love in her heart and knowledge in her head.

    Following a long, stressful & heart breaking fight in which doctors wanted to turn of baby Isla's life support, and against their advice she was allowed home with adequate palliative care, to make memories with her family and to live the days she had here on earth in the comfort of her own home.

    Isla grew her wings and become a beautiful angel baby on Christmas Eve, at 11 months old.

    I was very lucky, like many, to have Laura as my Health Visitor when my first daughter was born. She was an amazing strength to have in your corner, always at the end of the phone for those first time mummy questions and had time for a coffee at any house calls she had to make.

    Laura & I remained close when she left nursing to care for Isla, and receiving the news on Christmas Eve, as I prepared for Santa and had fun with my daughter, that Isla had passed away was truly devastating. As I write this now I have tears as running down my face, and i can only imagine the pain Laura & Isla's daddy Davey, go through each day.

    In memory of their daughter Laura & Davey set up Isla's Rainbow of Hope to raise funds to provide nursing care, within family homes, legal awareness of parents rights and help families make everlasting memories - facilitating days out. The charity will also support other parents through the very difficult journey they face when their journey ends and their child leaves to be with the angels.

    I am so thankful for the love and support I have received from Laura in the past that I want to do what can to help Isla's charity.

    In January I began a Couch to 5k program with East Coast Athletics Club , not being able to run for 2 minutes straight. I decided to set myself a target of a half marathon (13miles) in October. To make it more of a challenge I will run the half marathon in the Spanish heat in Majorca. Being used to the cold temperatures and rain while training in Northern Ireland I know the heat is going to be a real challenge - on top of the actual distance. But I remind myself each day why I am doing it.

    If you are still reading this I would very much appreciate if you would support me in my run, and in doing so help children with life limited conditions to lead a more comfortable life at home with their families.

    For every £5 you donate you will receive 1 'entry' for your chance to win an Amazon Echo, kindly donated by my employer - NIBC Ltd

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    • Jemma Dougherty10 months ago
      Jemma Dougherty

      Jemma Dougherty

      10 months ago

      So that's my last training run done! 10 miles, it was not fun, it was not enjoyable and it was not easy! But its done - and hopefully I have done all I can to get myself over the finish line in a respectable time to raise much needed funds in memory of Isla. The day of my run, 15th October, will also be Infant Loss Awareness Day, making it even more poignant. I known Isla and my own angel daughter Amber will be at the fore front of my mind through each and every mile, and their support will keep me going!

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    • Jemma Dougherty10 months ago
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      Jemma Dougherty

      10 months ago

      I hit 8.5 miles!! And got soaked in the process! My existing back problems flared up & I could barely lift my feet off the ground, but I thought of Isla . For those of you that don't know, I have suffered on & off with lower back pain for years & despite learning to live with it, a recent accident has set me back. Running generally loosens up my back and gives me some freedom to suffer less. But I have noticed now as the miles increase my back & legs are screaming at me to stop! Isla will keep me going to the finish line!!

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    • Jemma Dougherty10 months ago
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      10 months ago

      Im just back from a few short days in Palma - I managed to get 2 training runs done - one of which was the 10k route of the marathon. At 28 degrees it was tough going! But I know it was good practice for the 13 miles I am facing in under 5 weeks. I know that every penny I raised from pushing myself to compete the race will go towards helping many families that are faced with needing palliative care for their children. None of us ever expect to find ourselves in that situation, but we don't know what is round the corner. So please dig deep...

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    Supporters

    79

    • Jemma Dougherty

      Jemma Dougherty

      Oct 20, 2017

      From Gerry McNicholl

      £20.00

    • LK

      LK

      Oct 17, 2017

      Well done!! X

      £10.00

    • David Howie

      David Howie

      Oct 17, 2017

    • Gary Dixon

      Gary Dixon

      Oct 16, 2017

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Oct 15, 2017

      gwan ye gurl yeeeee

    • Suzy Lough

      Suzy Lough

      Oct 14, 2017

      Enjoy your run in the sun Jemma, you've achieved so much already and should be very proud of yourself 😀

      £10.00

    • Steph Allen & Emma

      Steph Allen & Emma

      Oct 14, 2017

      Good luck jem!

      £10.00

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