Next Saturday, May 11th, we are walking a mile in memory of Matilda Mae. This is alongisde Jennie’s walk, and other walks that are taking place across the country in memory of loved ones and to raise money for the Lullaby Trust. Each and every walk is to honour a baby taken too soon and without warning. A baby taken by SIDS.
I’ve posted numerous times about the devastating horror of SIDS and even though it has now been three months since baby Tilda was snatched from her parents, it is still as painful as the day it first happened. I know that Jennie has found some comfort in being able to work with the Lullaby Trust in an effort to raise essential funds into research and education around cot death, but none of this has eased the heart ache she faces each day. Cot death is a cruel and senseless part of her life now.
On Thursday May 2nd, Matilda Mae should have been celebrating her first birthday with her family. To mark the day, Heather, Lisa and I took the children to Clifton Country Park, the location of the North West walk in memory of Matilda Mae. We had a picnic with a cake decorated with pink and purple stars.
It was a beautiful day. If I didn’t know any better I would say that baby Tilda was smiling down on us. The first really hot and sunny day of the year. The next day was grey and overcast, much colder. The children played together. They laughed. We laughed. We were with friends.
We also took the opportunity to prepare the goody bags we are giving away on the day of the walk.
The lovely Lucy organised packets of Forget me Not seeds from Suttons for us to give to our walkers. The equally as lovely Helen designed and made beautiful stickers for the seed packet envelopes, with the words “Sow a seed and plant a dream”. We’re hoping that all of our walkers will plant their seeds and enjoy a little piece of baby Tilda in their garden. This means so much more to me now, knowing that she is in each raindrop that will fall onto the seeds, helping them to flower and breathing new life onto the earth.
We are so grateful to Suttons for providing the seeds for our walk. We are also grateful to Sarah at JB Kids Play, who provided bubbles for our goody bags. We hope that a million bubbles for Matilda Mae will float into the clouds as we walk. Sarah has also promised to donate 10% of all takings to the Lullaby Trust on orders with the “Matilda Mae” reference on checkout.
Our goody bags also have toy ties from Ruby and Ginger, which are beautiful patterned fabric ties perfect for keeping hold of toys during the walk. The walk is pram friendly (a little bumpy, and there are a couple of gates to get through, but Lisa managed it with a side by side double buggy so it can be done!) so please do bring your prams and your toys, all will be safe! Ruby and Ginger are also one of our very generous sponsors of the Matilda Mae Memorial Auction and we are so grateful to have them help to make our walk special.
We are also so happy to be working with SunSense! They are Australia’s number one sun care specialists, now launched in the UK, and are dedicated towards keeping us safe in the sun. They have very kindly provided all of our walkers with a goody bag containing sun cream protection and other little treats that I will keep as a surprise! We certainly needed this on Thursday as the sun was very hot and the picnic areas do not provide much shade. Please do make the most of this very generous donation, and get in touch if you’d like to know more about SunSense’s work with schools in the local area.
Our goody bags will also contain safe sleeping advice from the Lullaby Trust.
We did not walk around the water on this occasion. Instead, we sat and we talked and we remembered. We thought of baby Tilda, a baby taken far too soon. We thought of Jennie, a mother spending her baby’s first birthday with empty arms. We thought of all the families around the UK who have suffered the effects of SIDS. We wore pink and purple. We wore stars. We sat on pink blankets.
If you are coming to our Mile in Memory of Matilda Mae, this is what you need to know:
- the walk begins at 11 but I will be there from 10 am.
- The lane leading to the park is narrow, please drive slowly incase another car is coming around the bend.
- There are toilets and baby change facilities in the visitor centre but these will not be open until 11.30.
- There are two car parks (the main one, plus an overflow) but the spaces are limited to 100 cars and on a Saturday the spaces may fill quickly. Please share a lift or walk to the park if you can.
- There is a gated children’s play area but it is not supervised.
- There will be dogs at the park, so please be aware.
- There are lots of spaces for picnics. We do not have a licence to provide food so please do bring a picnic if you want to stay after the walk. We will be staying to play for a while.
- Please bring water and hats for little ones. We will provide sun protection!
- The walk’s route is around water so please keep little ones safe. We will have first aiders present and we will have volunteers located at certain points around the route to help you if needed.
- The route is pram friendly but there may be mud and there definitely are bumps!
- We do not need to walk as a group. Please start when you are ready and feel free to stay for as long as you like afterwards.
- PLEASE make a donation to the Lullaby Trust if you have not already done so. We will not be collecting on the day.
- If you cannot make the walk, please take a look to see if there is one near you.
- PLEASE visit the Matilda Mae Memorial Auction page and share share share! The auction will launch on the same day as the walk.
- ANY questions at all, please get in touch.
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