Regular readers of this blog will already know about a campaign that has grown increasingly close to my heart. On February 2nd 2013, I opened my computer to send a message to a lady I knew through blogging. A lady who had been pregnant when I was expecting Bella, and who I had chatted to via Facebook a few times, less so on Twitter. I did not expect to read a post in a group informing the members that this lady’s baby had died.
My heart fell to my knees. My knees fell to the ground. I cried tears for a lady I hardly knew and I wept and wept for a baby I will never ever meet.
Over eight months later, this lady is my friend. Through her grief she shared her beautiful baby girl with me. She told me of her bright and purposeful personality. She told me tales of pinching chips from siblings’ plates, and of a love of bubbles. She shared memories of first and only Christmas mornings. She shared memories of her baby girl as a bump, and her daughter’s birth. She shared so much of herself that it was impossible not to become friends. And it wasn’t only the fact that my heart was breaking for her. This lady shared so much about herself too, that sometimes it was like looking into a mirror.
They say that friendship can grow from the strangest places, and this much I know to be true. I never believed it would come from such utter sadness.
On November 2nd 2013 Matilda Mae will have been gone for exactly as long as she was here. Her parents and I, and my family, and many other families too will be joining together at Beale Park for the Matilda Mae Welly Walk. We hope to raise lots of money and lots of awareness of SIDS, particularly in older babies. We are supporting the Lullaby Trust and building a legacy for Matilda Mae.
Jennie has worked so very hard to make sure that this event is a success. Believe me, despite personal anguish and despite everything else she has going on, she has worked tirelessly. All YOU need to do, is support us.
If you can’t be there, please consider making a donation to the Matilda Mae Starlight fund.
If you’re not sure if you can be there or not, please read Jennie’s amazing post about the day and then go and book your tickets!
The Matilda Mae Welly Walk is going to be amazing. I know this because Matilda’s mother is amazing.