In the hours that followed the neo-natal death of our twin daughters, in February 2015, we were gifted the beautiful memory boxes which had been prepared by the Lily Mae Foundation. We were able to capture some precious moments,which will stay with us forever. In the weeks that followed, we were able to share these memories with extended family. In the months that followed, we found tremendous support within the monthly Lily Mae support meeting. This has prompted me, to volunteer my time to the Lily Mae Foundation for a number of reasons, to firstly thank them in some small way for knowing what was needed in those most important of hours. In addition, the chance to share my experiences and support, with other families who are experiencing a similar loss. Finally, to spend some time with and extend the legacy of our beautiful daughters and in doing so, act as a symbol that life can continue after the loss of a child.
A few years ago, I was excited about a friend of mine from work, leaving to have her baby. 3 weeks later, I was completely shocked to hear the news that she had lost her baby at 40 weeks. Her daughter had been stillborn. Devastated for her and her family, I went home and shared the news, only to find out that my Mother in Law had a also had a stillborn baby before my Husband was born. It made me realise that baby loss was happening a lot more than I was ever aware of, but was a subject rarely spoken about.
I came across an opportunity to help pack memory boxes for the Lily Mae charity. Meeting Amy, Ryan and some of the other volunteers, a lot who had also lost babies themselves, completely opened my eyes to stillbirth. I was shocked to learn the figures and statistics are still so high today.
Amy & Ryan are so inspirational. They have so much dedication, courage, commitment and passion to spread the word about still birth. They offer amazing, personal support to families that are going through the most difficult time imaginable.
After working with Ryan and hearing about how the Lily Mae Foundation support Parents and Families that have been affected by the death of a baby, I knew that I wanted to volunteer to help such a fantastic cause. Volunteering helps the charity in many ways. One way I have supported the charity is volunteering at their Annual Fun Run's which never fails to be a fun event with a great community spirit! It is very rewarding knowing that volunteering will ultimately be helping Parents and Families affected by Stillbirth.
When Ryan and Amy asked me to help them raise money for their charity, I was struck by the passion they understandably have for it. To experience such a loss would be devastating to most people but Ryan and Amy have been incredibly strong and also selfless. To dedicate their lives to helping other people in similar situations shows courage, empathy and altruism. I am honoured to help the Lily Mae Foundation in any way possible and I encourage others to do the same.