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The 3rd March 2017 was the four year anniversary
of the passing of Elliot John Kerslake (EJ), he was 2 years and 9 months old.
After a fairly typical activity packed family weekend, including Elliot’s
brother’s football game and his sister’s sleepover party, Elliot’s mum put him
down for an afternoon nap and he never woke up. He was healthy and happy and
his passing was sudden and shattering.
The immense pain the family suffered was intensified by the
bewildering set of processes that accompany child death. The nightmare was made
worse by meetings and forms the family could not understand or feel part of.
There was almost no specialist support available and the more generalist
support services were just not up to the task, despite their genuine efforts.
As a result of their experiences, Elliot’s parents, Andrea
and John, founded Elliot’s Footprint, a charity to help families who have
experienced child bereavement. They are currently working
on a campaign, with other organisations, to raise the funds to pay for a child
bereavement support worker. They are calling it the March to 90k and I’m asking
you to sponsor me to help them reach their target this year of £30,000. In June
I will start my 'march' and attempt the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, 24
miles of hilly Yorkshire in around 12 hours. This is a daunting fast paced walk
across challenging terrain, but this is just the first stage. In September I
will also take on the Bullock Smithy challenge, that is 56 miles in 24 hours. I
will start mid-day on 2nd September and aim to finish at the same
time in the same place the next day. I will be walking through the Peak
District, at night and it is several times the distance of my usual strolls
through the countryside. I’m not an experienced walker so these are daunting
but I’ll give it everything to avoid the bus of shame.
Thanks for your support.
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