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AMCO Support Babyloss Awareness Week 2020

AMCO Support Babyloss Awareness Week 2020

Amco took part in The Celtic Club Society Golf Tournament and supported Baby Loss Awareness
month by raising an impressive £3,000 for The Lily Mae Foundation.

Championed by Amco’s directors, Don Mucci and Seán Trainor, the Golf Society of 36 dedicated
Society players have raised over £40,000 since the society formed in 2010. Every year members and
friends chose a time and a place to spend a long weekend away to play golf and use the opportunity
to raise funds for charities that are close to their hearts.

Amco regularly take part in The Lily Mae Foundation’s Annual Golf Day and wanted to support the charity further by nominating the charity as their charity of the year 2020.

Seán Trainor commented, “We are delighted to be able to raise much needed funds for The Lily Mae
Foundation to continue their excellent work, it’s a local charity that supports families in their time of
need and delivers vital support for families at such a tragic time, this is certainly a charity that is
close to the hearts of many.”

Ryan Jackson, Managing Director and Founder of The Lily Mae Foundation commented, “Thank you to Sean and all of the Golf Society members for their amazing support. To have the support of organisations such as Amco is fantastic and it has been great to build such a great relationship with them.  To receive such a generous donation in these unprecedented times is hugely valued and appreciated and will help us to continue our work with those parents and families following the devastating loss of a baby.”

The Lily Mae Foundation is a Midlands Charity that offer support to parents and families who have
lost a baby through stillbirth, neonatal death, miscarriage or medical termination. Funds that have
been raised help the charity to provide memory boxes for bereaved parents and one to one bereavement support for parents, siblings and family members. Not only that, but they also use the funds to support
research into the prevention of stillbirth and neonatal death.

Ecclesiastical choose Lily Mae Foundation to receive a £50k Movement for Good Award

Ecclesiastical choose Lily Mae Foundation to receive a £50k Movement for Good Award

 

We are absolutely delighted to be able to now share that we have been chosen by Ecclesiastical Insurance Group as one of ten winners of their ‘Movement for Good awards’ to receive a £50,000 grant in support of our unique one to one Babyloss Support Service.

We are blown away by the generosity and support from Ecclesiastical. Their belief in our unique service, that provides bereaved parents and their families tailored support following the loss of a baby, will allow us to grow the provision of Babyloss Support over the next 3 years. Thank you for valuing our much needed service!

We are so grateful for their support and look forward to working in partnership moving forwards to deliver our much needed Babyloss Support Service to bereaved parents and their families 💙💕

#10TEN10 dads free fall in memory of lost babies

Sunday 27 September 2020 saw the #10TEN10 men undertake their biggest challenge to date; a skydive from 13,000 feet.  The men have had their #10TEN10 campaign severely disrupted in 2020 by the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The skydive was originally set to be completed in July and the men should now be coming to and end with their campaign, however due to the national restrictions the skydive was postponed in July along with a number of other events.  This meant that the skydive was only their third event of ten.  The bravery shown by all was amazing their babies will be extremely proud of them all. Well done men!!

Midwives free fall in memory of lost babies

Friday 18th September 2020 saw 12 brave midwives and support staff skydive in memory of lost babies.  The Midwifery team from Warwick Hospital, Warwickshire took to the skies over Northamptonshire and bravely leaped from a plane as part of a tandem skydive.  The bravery shown by all was amazing and collectively they raised over £8,800!!  An amazing amount of money that will further support the Foundations work with Bereaved Parents and their Families following the loss of a baby.  From all of us at The Lily Mae Foundation, Thank you for your tremendous support!

Bereaved family support babyloss charities following stillbirth of son, Theo.

Bereaved family support babyloss charities following stillbirth of son, Theo.

On the eve of what would have been their son’s fourth birthday, a family from Staffordshire are supporting babyloss charities in order to support other bereaved parents during a difficult time for fundraising.

In the UK, 1 in every 250 pregnancies ends in a stillbirth, a higher frequency than that of cot death. It equates to 8 babies every day and yet many of these are potentially avoidable deaths. 60% of stillbirths are still unexplained.

On 25th July 2016, Nickie and Andy Swinburne, of Fradley, Staffordshire, attended Queens Hospital in Burton after reporting reduced movements at 41+1 weeks gestation. Their son, Theodore, was stillborn later that evening after staff in the hospital missed critical warning signs that their baby was in distress.

The Serious Investigation Report published by the Trust concluded that the root cause of Theo’s death was ‘a period of terminal asphyxia.’ Their world crumbled around them as they tried to deal with the loss of their son when only a few hours before all had been well at a midwife appointment.

Derby & Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen’s Hospital, admitted liability in 2018 and the case was settled in full only a few months ago, shortly before Theo’s fourth birthday.

Nickie Swinburne (36) and Andy (37) are now using their settlement to support the charities that have supported them. The couple have been primarily supported on their bereavement journey by The Lily Mae Foundation and as part of celebrating Theo’s 4th birthday, have today handed over a cheque for £10,000 to its founders, Amy and Ryan Jackson.

Ryan and Amy Jackson set up The Lily Mae Foundation following the tragic and devastating loss of their daughter, Lily Mae in 2010 to Stillbirth at full term.  The Charity supports parents and families who have suffered the loss of a baby to Stillbirth, Neonatal Death, Miscarriage or Medical Termination. Ryan and Amy said “to receive such a generous donation during the current difficult times is thoroughly appreciated.  Nickie and Andy should be incredibly proud of the dignity and resilience they have shown throughout their journey of grief and all that they have achieved in memory of Theo. The financial support they have been able to offer will certainly help us to continue our vast amount of support programmes that we provide to bereaved parents and their families following the loss of a baby. We will be forever grateful for their support.”

In addition to supporting the Lily Mae Foundation, Nickie and Andy have also donated a cuddle cot through the charity 4Louis, to Good Hope Hospital as a thank you for their support during the subsequent pregnancies of Theo’s little sister Philippa (age 2) and baby brother Sebastian (3 months). When Theo was first born the memory box that they received from 4Louis bought them immediate comfort in knowing that they were not alone, and the items in the box enabled the little family to make memories that would have to last a lifetime. Theo’s memory box is one of Nickie and Andy’s most treasured possessions, so to be able to support the charity through a cuddle cot donation means other families can spend time in hospital doing the same thing with their babies.  Further donations have also been made in Theo’s name to the ‘Heart In Their Hand’ project who supply keepsake gifts for families who have lost a loved one and also to Cruse Bereavement Care who supported Nickie with counselling after Theo’s death.

Nickie and Andy said, “Taking up a legal case against the Trust was not something we had originally planned on doing. We know that bad things can happen in all hospitals. Unfortunately, after receiving the incident reports from the hospital, the scale to which errors were made that night became very clear and it was important to us to ensure that the same thing never happened again. Our priority became ensuring that liability was admitted so that lessons could be learnt. We had to fight for Theo’s little life, the life that was cruelly taken away from him, from us. We therefore decided early on that we would use a significant portion of any settlement that was given to us to help the charities that helped us to find a new version of ourselves again. For us it is also another way to keep Theo’s memory alive. He is never far from our thoughts and is always in our hearts but as time passes there is also a fear that he could be forgotten. So being able to support charities in his name leaves a little legacy behind. We chose to donate £10,000 to The Lily Mae Foundation to help them to support other bereaved parents as they have supported us. From the very first grief support day we attended to the group meetings and the Christmas services for our babies, we would never have navigated this horrible grief journey without their help. We will be forever grateful to Amy and Ryan for their support, especially in the earliest days and when we began our legal case. Their advice has been invaluable, and we hope that this small sum of money can continue the amazing work that they do for others. Nobody should have to go through this alone, The Foundation is proof that there is amazing support out there if you can be strong enough to look for it. Not being able to celebrate Theo’s birthday with him or watching him grow up will always leave us with a massive feeling of loss, but we hope that by helping charities in his name he will continue to live on through others.”

Easter Bonnet Competition

Easter Bonnet Competition

Thank you very much for your amazing Easter Bonnets and pictures. They all look fantastic and I am sure that all of the baby angels will love them all.
Your support has been fantastic and a winner has been chosen by Freddie, Lily Maes brother. The winner is announced at the end of the video!!
Congratulations!!! xxx

#10TEN10 News: Channel 5 News

Men may be reluctant to seek support for their mental health or disclose mental health troubles to loved ones. While many of the same difficulties are experienced by both men and women, some difficulties and influences on mental health are especially relevant for men. The medias portrayal of the issue of loss tends to focus on the female experience, and whilst this is important, men are very often forgotten leaving them feeling unsupported and vulnerable to mental health illness

#10TEN10 News: Channel 5 News

Sahara Desert challenge

Fearless foursome discovered true adventure in the awe-inspiring Sahara Desert

Fearless Solihull residents discovered true adventure in the awe-inspiring Sahara Desert.

 

On 09 November, Sharon Harkin, Tracey Pettigrew, Austin Bennett and Anthony Monaghan started their journey to Morocco to take part in an awe-inspiring Sahara Desert adventure, raising money for local Charity, The Lily Mae Foundation. The Lily Mae Foundation was set up by parents, Ryan and Amy Jackson in 2010 following the devastating loss of their daughter Lily Mae to Stillbirth at full term. The charity supports Parents and Families who have suffered the loss of a baby to Stillbirth, Neonatal Death or Medical Termination.

The five-day trek covered 100km passing through Morocco’s forbidding landscape punctuated by peaks, gorges, dunes and oases. At night the trekkers sleep under Africa’s star strewn skies and enjoyed traditional Berber hospitality. The gruelling challenge was The challenge went beyond the Jebel Saghro region, starting on the Maider El Kbir plateau, before ascending Jebel El Mrakib, and admiring the stunning views. Walking through palm gorges, the route joins the dry Rhris River and heads towards an oasis of tamarisk trees. The final days were spent trekking along the Tikertouachene River, before celebrating a successful end to the challenge in Ouarzazate.

Sharon Harkin said “It was a privilege to work on behalf and alongside the Lily Mae Foundation to help raise so much money and awareness for the fantastic work they do. The training and the fundraising became such a focus that it was only when we got to the desert that the true enormity of what we were doing hit us. The memories of the views, the terrain, the humble Berber people who took such good care of us, and the simplicity of life in a world so far removed from the one we inhabit will stay in my memories forever.’

Austin Bennett said “life changing experience doing Sahara trek with like-minded people giving time to worthy charities. A reality check to say the least!!!” Tracey Pettigrew said “The vastness of the landscape is what I will take with me. Staring out at dunes which reached as far as the eye could see in every direction. Truly awesome!”

The group raised over £12,000 for The Lily Mae Foundation. A huge amount of money that will continue to help the charity to provide its support to those parents and families who have suffered the devastating loss of a baby to stillbirth, neonatal death or medical termination. Ryan and Amy Jackson said “a truly remarkable and emotional challenge that has been completed by such a humble group. From the moment we met the group you could see the determination to succeed and their interest in the charity and how much their challenge to support the families who suffer the loss of a baby meant to them. We appreciate the amazing support that these guys have shown!”

Skydivers free fall in memory of lost babies

Tuesday 02 July saw 11 brave individuals skydive in memory of lost babies.  Anthony, Karl, Shona, Liam, Alison, Amy, Keri, Megan, Luke, Ellie & Hannah took to the skies over Northamptonshire and bravely leaped from a plane as part of a tandem skydive.  The bravery shown by all was amazing and collectively they raised over £7,000!!  An amazing amount of money that will further support the Foundations work with Bereaved Parents and their Families following the loss of a baby.  From all of us at The Lily Mae Foundation, Thank you for your tremendous support!