Bobby’s 10th Birthday Fundraiser

This year, Bobby, my son and the reason behind this organisation should have been turning 10 years old on the 4th of November.

Instead, it will be 10 years since his death on the 3rd of July.

I have always wanted to do ‘something’ to mark this year, as to me, it’s a mammoth milestone to have reached. I remember joining every single loss group that I could in the very early days and reading posts and advice from ladies who had lost decades previously; admiring them and thinking ‘I can not imagine what it must be like to have lost so long ago” … and well here I am.

I was asked a few time during yesterday’s volunteers event and I’ve since received messages asking where I get the money to post the boxes.

The truth is that I fund 90% of it myself from my own wage. Those who have recently joined may not be aware that I work Monday to Friday full time, that I have a 5 year old and a husband who works shifts, so thinks are sometimes a juggling act. This is why I often reply to messages at the most random of times and why I have a permanent look of ‘I have no idea what’s going on’ on my face most days to those who know me personally.

I have never thrown myself into fundraising like other organisations, because I simply don’t have the time.

So, in order to mark my little man’s 10th year, I am holding my first ever fundraiser.

It doesn’t involve shaving your head or running; as many of you know the last time I ran (for a bus) I torn my knee. Hell no! this one is being held in the safety of our Just Giving Page.

All monies raised will be put straight into UBW to be used on postage, packaging and the cards and leaflets that’s we send with every donation.

Thank you!

www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/uponbutterflywings

Wave of Light 2018

36418868_1756580257724546_8232857535065882624_nOctober is a special month in the baby loss world; for it is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

The 9th to 15th October is our Awareness Week with the week finishing on the international Wave of Light which takes place at 7pm local time, on the 15th.

The idea behind Wave of Light is that if everyone around the world, lights a candle at 7pm local time, a wave of light will cover the world over.

It is free to join in and many charities and organisations hold local events in order to bring parents and families together to remember their babies.

For us here at UBW, we are very happy to be working with SANDS by selling their official enamel awareness pin. These pins can be bought via our shop. We also have our own special knitted ribbons to sell too.

During Pregnancy and Awareness Week, my daughter and I put together and ‘hid’ some random act of kindness packs, which included a chocolate with each pack dedicated to a baby sadly missed by their family.

My daughter who is 4, really enjoyed hiding them around our local area and was very excited when we had a  peak to find that most had been taken. I think its fair to say that we will be doing it again next year too 🙂

Donation Made – Bobby’s Little Angels, Derriford Hospital

Today we packaged up and posted out a total of 30 keepsake bags to a non profit called Bobby’s Little Angels, to help fill their memory boxes which they donate to their chosen hospital, Derriford. 

And as they specialise in multiple memory boxes – as Bobby was a twin – we have given them a mixture of both singular and twin loss bags.
We hope they bring comfort to the parents at Derriford.