AN IMPRESSIVE £15,000 was raised at this year’s Lily Mae Foundation golf day and evening dinner dance, held on Friday 29 April 2022.
The event – now in its 13th year and held at The Belfry – is a calendar highlight for the charity set up by Ryan and Amy Jackson following the tragedy of their daughter Lily Mae who was ‘born sleeping’ in 2010.
Since then, charity founders ,Ryan and Amy Jackson have campaigned furiously and with passion to honour the memory of Lily Mae and all other babies born too poorly, too soon or sleeping.
Their annual fundraising event has grown in size and popularity since its inception and has raised more than£250,000 in the past 12 years.
Each year teams of golfers gather together to raise money for the charity and are joined by evening guests for a three-course dinner and dance, with a special tribute to ‘those Angel Babies gone too soon from our lives’.
The golf day featured 30 teams of golfers with 120 players battling to win the prestigious competition.
The team competition was won by B& M Waste Management Services. The winning individual golfer was Wesley Hiscock from team B & M Waste Services.
The evening featured musical entertainment from Revolver and radio DJ Dan Kelly who compered the evening.
Ryan and Amy said: “It is amazing to think that we only set out after losing Lily Mae in 2010, to raise £10,000to support parents and their families who had lost a baby to Stillbirth or Neonatal Death.
“To have held our 13th Golf Day and Evening Dinner Dance shows that there is still more to do to break the taboo of baby loss and to raise vital funds to support parents and their families who had lost a baby to Stillbirth, Neonatal Death, Miscarriage or Medical Termination.
“We would like to thank all of our sponsors, A conveyancing, PJM Logistics, FBM Metals, The Orange Tree, Joseph Ash Galvanizing, Titleist, ABS, ACE Golf Challenge and Stealth Connections, golfers and guests who have supported this event since its inception.
“The support we have received is truly staggering, helping us to have raised over £250,000 from all of our golf days.”
The Lily Mae Foundation works alongside Medical & Healthcare Professionals, other Charities and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Baby loss, to be recognised as the main provider of bereavement support for families who have lost a baby to Stillbirth, Neonatal Death, Miscarriage or Medical Termination in the West Midlands and Warwickshire. Not only do they support anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby, they also raise awareness of how tragically common the loss of a baby is. Most people don’t realise that Stillbirth, Neonatal Death, Miscarriage and Medical Termination devastate the lives of more than 3,500 parents every year. Not only that, the loss of a baby is seen as a taboo subject, so parents are not encouraged to seek the support that they so desperately need. The Lily Mae Foundation are working tirelessly to change that.
The Funds that The Lily Mae Foundation receive help them to provide:
Memory Boxes to Bereaved Parents and Memory Making Kits to Grandparents
Sibling Support Packs
Counselling Support for Parents, Siblings and Family Members.
1-2-1 Baby loss Support Service (BLSS)
Information to Parents, Families and to Health Care and Medical Professionals.
Training and Support for Midwives, Student Midwives and Neonatal Nurses.
Research into the Prevention of the Loss of a Baby.