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107%
£1,605
raised of £1,500 target by 64 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,605 to support those who experience baby loss by making a sponsored skydive with ukskydiving.com. 100% will go to the cause. Please sponsor us.

    Funded on Monday, 5th July 2021

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    Story

    _In brief_: We're jumping with North London Skydiving Centre to help raise funds for this very worthwhile cause. Our jump is scheduled to take place on 28th October 2020 (weather permitting) and if you could please spare a few pounds to sponsor use it would be much appreciated. Thank you for your support.

    _Full details_:

    The unexpected loss of a pregnancy can be devastating.

    For many women and their partners, it can be a difficult and distressing experience and often quite a lonely one too.

    Though 1 in 4 pregnancies sadly end this way, the topic is still often treated as taboo. The discomfort that comes with talking about baby loss can therefore result in it being an under-resourced issue - with insufficient support.

    Liz's Story

    In 2019, my pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 3 months. After leaving hospital, I found that support was non-existent. I felt alone in coming to terms with what had happened - and my mental health suffered. I was so low - I was having suicidal thoughts - and was prescribed anti-depressants. I searched online and found a support group, ‘Coping And Living with Miscarriage’ or ‘CALM’ in Nordelph - and attended a meeting. I cried all the way through, but finally felt supported, as I was with others who knew my pain. Fast forward a year, and after counselling, and help from the support group, I'm coping much better with my loss, and I can look back and see where early support and information would have made things easier - and am motivated to take action to help others going through the same pain.

    Jo’s Story:

    I’m the chairperson for CALM. I’m often asked about my story. What brought me here? Why do I speak up about pregnancy loss? I often just give the same answers like ‘it should be talked about’ ‘it’s not a taboo subject’ etc. I’d like to say I believe that 100% of the time but I can’t. Sometimes I don’t want to talk about it. Sometimes it’s just too hard. Sometimes I want to pretend it’s not happened to me. But it has. I am 1 in 4. I am the face of someone that has not lost 1 baby but several. The loss in 2018 hit me the hardest. I watched her grow, I saw her heartbeat several times. It still haunts me and probably always will. I never expected to hear those words ‘I’m sorry, there’s no heartbeat’. Those words broke me. I am forever changed. I, however, refuse to let that define me. I may be 1 in 4 but I am still me. That is why I decided to turn this heartbreak into something positive by helping other bereaved parents like myself that found there wasn’t a lot of support after pregnancy loss. I have raised thousands of pounds so far towards services to improve, highlight and rectify this gap in lack of care for early losses.

    Liz & Jo’s skydive has been timed to take place shortly after ‘Baby Loss Awareness Week’ - which aims to raise awareness about pregnancy and baby death in the UK.

    The money raised will help CALM to evolve & grow into a recognised charitable organisation so that it can operate with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, to continue developing a memorial garden at Nordelph Village Hall, and to cover print costs for a leaflet signposting support for bereaved parents.

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    • Liz  Pendleton5 months ago
      Liz  Pendleton

      Liz Pendleton

      5 months ago

      Jo has just landed, meaning we've both now completed the tandem sky-dive!! No matter how brave you are, going against all your senses, giving over control to a complete stranger and jumping out of a plane at 10,000 ft is incredibly challenging!!! The training takes place and you think 'yeh, fine' - then you're up there and it's a different story - it's terrifying! A HUGE THANK YOU to all supporters, we raised £1605 (107% of target) which will go a long way toward helping us reach those who need support. Thank you. Jo & Liz

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    • Liz  Pendleton6 months ago
      Liz  Pendleton

      Liz Pendleton

      6 months ago

      We're so very grateful for all the donations, and excited to share that we are booked in for the jump on this Friday 18th June, all being well, and weather dependant! The target is close, currently at 91% of the £1500 total, so with just a few days left and only a few more donations needed, we're feeling optimistic! Thank you everyone for your support and patience Jo and Liz

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    • Liz  Pendleton1 year ago
      Liz  Pendleton

      Liz Pendleton

      1 year ago

      Sadly we must announce that Jo has been advised that following major surgery she's not fit enough to do the jump next week :( But don't worry - the parachute centre have been fantastic in allowing us to postpone until next year so we’re looking at doing it in April (hopefully with nicer weather!). This gives us even more time to reach our target and give the project a huge boost in helping other bereaved families 💗💙 Thank you all for your donations! Please continue to share and donate if you can. Every £ helps - and GET WELL SOON JO!!

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    64

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jul 1, 2021

    • Dave Lamacraft

      Dave Lamacraft

      Jul 1, 2021

      Fantastic effort somthing I could never do.

      £10.00

    • Maria Chapman

      Maria Chapman

      Jul 1, 2021

      You are so brave!! Good luck 😃 x

      £10.00

    • Jane Smith

      Jane Smith

      Jun 30, 2021

      Go Jo! Wishing you all the luck. ❤️

      £10.00

    • Suzie lamacraft

      Suzie lamacraft

      Jun 19, 2021

      £5.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jun 17, 2021

      Go jo! Great cause. Well done and keep up the great work.Karen (flo)

      £20.00

    • Jan Smith

      Jan Smith

      Jun 16, 2021

      Amazing achievement!

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