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Liz Pendleton is crowdfunding

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raised of £1,500 target by 48 supporters

Weʼre raising £1,500 to support those who experience baby loss by making a sponsored skydive with ukskydiving.com. 100% will go to the cause. Please sponsor us.

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_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  Pendleton7 months ago
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    7 months 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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  • Liz  Pendleton7 months ago
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    7 months ago
    Update from the Page owner

    YOU'VE DONATED SO GENEROUSLY WE'RE OVER THE £1000 POINT!!! Thank you everyone who has donated and wished us well! We really appreciate the support. With #babylossawarenessweek happening right now in the UK, the topic is getting a lot of coverage, and, while that can be difficult to cope with (we see a lot of updates in groups we're in, on social media) we couldn't be happier to be doing something meaningful to help make a positive change towards the wellbeing of bereaved parents. Thank you again everyone!

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  • Liz  Pendleton7 months ago
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    Liz Pendleton

    7 months ago

    Thanks to your generous donations we're now officially over the half-way point! THANK YOU! This is incredible - and also slightly terrifying, as the strange reality of jumping out of a perfectly good aeroplane is actually starting to dawn on me!! With 'Baby Loss Awareness Week' next week there will definitely be a lot more much-needed discussion going on and hopefully coverage in the media, so I'm sure that will help us to find the courage to actually go through with it - but I can tell you that it's no easy thing!! Thank you again! <3

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8 months ago

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  • Malcolm

    Malcolm

    Apr 3, 2021

    in support of my FLO buddy Jo x

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 10, 2020

    Such an important cause to raise awareness of 💛 Thank you and well done xx

    £10.00

  • Roberto

    Roberto

    Nov 3, 2020

    Hope you hit your target!

    £30.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Nov 2, 2020

    £10.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 31, 2020

    Hi. I've. Been there 5 times. On top of two ectopic. Lost my womb and nearly my life twice. Last one was so close. And back then no support. Am pleased to hear you are doing good. To change this.

  • Primrose & family

    Primrose & family

    Oct 27, 2020

    Good luck Jo, I hope you manage to raise your target and don’t forget to ‘pull the cord’ 🤣

    £20.00

  • Anwar

    Anwar

    Oct 27, 2020

    Good Luck!

    £200.00

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