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Yesterday we held a coffee morning at our house in Surrey. We invited people through Facebook and made some fliers for our £5 all you can eat coffee morning…there was a lot of cake to eat as well! Friends donated cakes and we collected some raffle prizes which made for a brilliant morning. We raised £184 which is fantastic. Thank you to my friend Anna who helped with the organising and rustled up lots friends to join us.

It was lovely when people came to introduce themselves and say that they wanted to come along and show their support and for them to ask about Tilly, after all, that’s what this is all about. I had lots of people wish me good luck for the marathon training, but do I have a place…? You’ll just have to wait until the ‘Pirates & Princess” party to find out! The good news is my Achilles are feeling much better so I will be up and running again next month.

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I didn’t want to put this together with my first post today but I think it is amazing that we have way surpassed the initial £2000 target. So, I think that we can aim to raise £3500. What do you think? If you think we can do this,then please like this post on FaceBook. If I get more than 25 likes then I will go back to Tilly page on just giving and increase the total.

Again, thank you everyone for all you support. Jennie and Paula raised an amazing £467 for their sponsored weight loss!

Well, it’s gone a bit quiet for a week or two while we recover from the toddle…especially Joseph with his 5 laps! Just thought I would write a few lines on what’s happening at the moment.

Well, the running total currently stands at £1740.40! That’s amazing, so thank you for all your support. There will be more opportunities to donate over the next few months or you can make a donation through http://www.justgiving.com/tillysmarathon.

I’d like to thank a couple of Sian’s friends who have donated, KellyBees Tagees donated 50p from every Tagees that was order for the week after the toddle and raised £16. And another friend is having a ‘Pampered Chef’ party to raise money in November. It seems my cause has touched lots of hearts.

I am still waiting to hear from my cousin Jennie on how much she raised along with her friend, they lost an amazing 17lbs each in their sponsored weight loss and Jennie looks amazing!

Mum & Dad are in Ireland with the campervan but will pulling together the recipe book, which you will be able to buy, on their return. It will Probably be available from early November.

Matt’s birthday party will be our next event, we’re doing a few things to raise money at this. I am still looking for Raffle prizes so any donations great fully received. Matthew party will also raise money for the neo natal intensive care unit at Musgrove, where Mia spent two weeks when she was born and had Strep B.

Hopefully by the beginning of November we will be back living in Somerset so my training runs will be through the rolling country side…

Well, what a fab day we had on Saturday! It was emotional for me, but what amazing support from family and friends. Sian was the day’s organiser extrordinaire with lots of people mucking in to help out. Graham & Pauline Parsons did a stirling job running the cake stall and kept people in tea and coffee all day. The cakes were all donated, and most will appear in ‘Tilly’s Treats’, the recipe book that my folks are compiling and will be sold to help raise more money. There was also a sweep stake on how long the marathon relay would take and a guess the number of sweeties in the tub.

The day started with my lap (which I roped Russ in to running with me) and we went from there. The oldest runner was over 70 and the youngest just a month old. Admittedly ‘running’ was a loose description for some of the laps but what a fantastic effort from everyone. The kids all got little goody bags and a certificate, none more deservedly so that Joseph (my super speedy nephew) who did five laps in total! He is only five. Darcy (Tilly’s sister) even managed her lap and ran some of the way. Darcy is three, and for those of you who don’t know her to walk a mile in less than about three hours is quite an achievement! She even asked if we could take the car when I first told her about the sponsored mile, but she knew she was doing it for ‘Tilly’s place’.

The sun shone on us all day and through donations, sponsorship, cake sales, the sweep stake & the sweeties we collected nearly £650 on the day. In addition to this donations and sponsorship have been going really well through Just Giving and so far we have a grand total of £1,468.70 nearly 75% of my target. Amazing! We covered a total of 79 miles and (lots of people doubling up and extras on the day) the 26.2 laps took a total of 5 hours and 15 minutes.

So what’s next? Well first up I think I might have to increase my target, then we have the recipe book to come and our fundraising night for family and friends in November. Jennie & her friend Paula have finished their sponsored weight loss so I’ll update everyone on that soon. Auntie Gerry will be running a craft stall at the church fare where Tilly is buried and there will be lots more going on too. Any suggestions for the new target…?

 

Later in the week I’ll do a full post on the toddle yesterday but I just wanted t let people know that we had a lovely day and collected nearly £650 which is amazing, this coupled with what has already been donated true Facebook brings the total to over £1300.

I want to thank everyone for being so supportive and really getting into the spirit of things.

Over the next few days I will get some more pictures and let you know more about what went on, needless to say Tilly would have been proud!

So with Tilly’s Toddle just two weeks away our fundraising should get off to a good start. I think that the picnic will also be an oppotunity to get together and remember Tilly. I think our angel baby will be watching over us and be proud of what we’re doing.

If you would still like to get involved please get in touch, I think we still need a few more mile volunteers. Sian is going to try to persuade the Mayor to do a lap but the more kids we can get the better!

Any cake donations welcome please. Pauline Parson’s has kindly offered (!!!???) to be in charge of cake sales.

Keep in touch 🙂

 

On the 1st of September, at Ilminster recreation ground, Sian will be hosting Tilly’s Toddle. A relay marathon run, walked or toddled by our family and friends. We will also be having a cake sale, face painting and a picnic!

If you would like to join in the toddle with your little one, just let me know and we can add you to the list and I will e-mail you a sponsor form or you can just join us or the picnic and buy a slice of yummy cake. We are hoping to get people to bake the recipes they have put forward for our recipe book.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for a sunny day & hope that I can run my mile!

I have some lovely new trainers & have set up a Just Giving page. The page is part of a team so if you are doing your own event, like Jennie’s sponsored weight loss or you are part of Sian’s toddle you can become part of the team. Just get in touch with you e-mail address and I will ‘invite’ you to join the team!

https://www.justgiving.com/account/your-pages/Tillysmarathon

I will add more information to it over the next few days!

An Angel in the book of life wrote down my baby’s birth. And whispered as she closed the book “too beautiful for earth”

As you may know, on the 22nd of March this year we had a baby girl called Tilly Grace, in Kingston hospital, who came home with us as anyone would expect. After being readmitted to Kingston twice with weight loss, problems escalated and at twelve days old Tilly was transferred to St. Georges PICU after some breathing problems and a suspected seizure. Over the next week Tilly had many tests and was seen by several specialist as her problems worsened. Neurologists began to suspect the problem was serious and Tilly’s outlook was very poor. We were told that Tilly’s results pointed to a condition known as Early Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathy and if she survived she would have very delayed development and be completely dependant.  As time passed and her problems progressed, her condition meant that she was unable to breath for herself.  We were advised that the best thing for Tilly was to withdraw her ventilation and on the 24th of April we lost Tilly.

I am rasing money for St Georges Hospital in Tooting as, despite the devastating outcome, the staff at St. Georges PICU cared for Tilly incredibly, showing compassion and professionalism throughout. Even in her last hours the nurses still showed such care for her, ensuring that she was comfortable and, despite Tilly being such a tiny baby, allowing her dignity. Tilly was in PICU for three weeks and throughout that time we were kept informed of any developments or changes in her condition. The nursing and medical staff were also brilliant with our 3 year old Darcy who came to visit her sister on most days. Towards the end we were dealt with compassionately and never felt that we were on our own. The nurses made sure that we got to have cuddles with Tilly and helped with her care. One outstanding memory for me is giving her a bath on the day she passed away.

As we come to terms with loosing Tilly and adjust to life being very different than we expected I feel very strongly that I would like to give something back to the hospital. I think that until you are faced with a situation like ours, you take for granted services that are offered and to be able to run the marathon and raise money in Tilly’s memory would be my way of saying thank you.

I have applied to run the marathon for St. Georges and pledged to raise £2000. Although I will not know if I have a place until October I still intend to raise the money. This blog will keep you up to date with my training & other fundraising events that people are planning in Tilly’s memory (and don’t worry all the posts won’t be this long!)