Our ‘ikkle’ man, Stanley, was born 21st June 2010 and was only 5 months old when we lost him. He was our first child. In the short time that we were together as a family, we can honestly say it was the first time in our lives that we felt complete and to suddenly lose him utterly destroyed us.
We set up a Just Giving page in aide of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital for people to donate to rather than arrange flowers for his funeral. 7 weeks after Stanley’s death the total amount raised on the website stood at over £12k! Stanley spent his final three weeks in Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital Intensive Care Unit and we witnessed first hand the amazing work that they perform everyday. We were overwhelmed with not just the professionalism of the many nurses, doctors and consultants treating Stanley, but the emotional support that they also offered to Zoe and myself. GOSH, is an NHS hospital but they could not function as they do without public and corporate donations.
Shortly after Stanley’s funeral we fled abroad to be alone with our thoughts and memories of our short time with ‘Spud’. It was while we were away that we felt the overwhelming urge to ‘give back’ to those that had helped him. How could we begin to do this? We wanted to arrange an event around his birthday on the 3rd week of June each year, the inaugural year wanting to thank GOSH.
There are many charities close to, not just our hearts, but our friends and family and also could not operate effectively without the generosity of others. If you have a charity close to your heart, please let us know.
Our annual event each June will help charities to continue their work of helping others. Attending these events, WILL make a difference……..