Jennifer Phillips

My Activity Tracking

26
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My target 26 mi

I’m fundraising for the charity Sands!

This year I'm taking part in My Marathon My Way to raise vital funds for Sands during this incredibly difficult time.

In these uncertain times, the Sands helpline and online community are vital in keeping bereaved families connected by offering a safe, confidential and compassionate space to talk.

The NHS is stretched and Sands are there to support with the various emotional needs bereaved parents and families have day to day, which can be heightened in such uncertain times.

Sands is not immune from the effects of this pandemic so I’m taking on My Marathon My Way to save lives with every mile.

My Updates

Why Sands? Why now?

Thursday 7th May
In January 2015, our daughter Bethan died. She was 27 days old. She was born weighing 1lb 1oz. She succumbed to sepsis and complications brought on by intrauterine growth restriction when I was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome at 22wks pregnant. 
The day she died is etched into my memory and as I remember it, several things come to mind. 
Firstly, how truly shocked I was that she was no longer with us. I believed she would make it. She would be the one to come home from the Neonatal unit. In the midst of that complete devastation, the amazing nurse, Becky, gave us some information and a box from Sands. I had never heard of them. I couldn't take it in but I didn't realise how valuable that box and the information pack we were given would be in the days, weeks, months and years to come. 
Planning a funeral. Explaining about post-mortems. Dealing with grief. Talking to siblings about baby loss. There was so much information that it felt like Sands had answered all my questions before I knew I had any. In empathetic, plain English, we felt there were people supporting us from a distance who knew what we had been through.
I found Valley Sands on Facebook and although I only messaged a couple of times, I felt so comforted, knowing there was someone who understood the emotional turmoil I was experiencing. They were there if I needed them. 

I had wanted to raise money for Sands for a long time. I had put it off. Mostly because I knew that doing it would mean talking about the reasons behind fundraising. I am a mum again now, to a beautiful little girl, and we talk often about Beth. I have begun to find ways to talk about what happened to our family that is less painful and more empowering. So as Covid-19 engulfed the world, my thoughts turned to parents who have lost a baby right now and who can't visit them, arrange the funeral they feel their baby deserves or just have the support of family and friends when they need it most. 
That's why I am raising money for Sands. So they can keep producing the information bereaved parents need. So they can keep their advisors working and supporting people in their darkest moments. So none has to feel alone when their baby dies. 

Thank you to my Sponsors

£130

Dave & Pauline

Well done Jen. From Mum & Dad

£100

Steve

Love you so much amazing woman X

£40

Kate

I'm so proud of you babes, go smash it out of the park ❤️❤️

£33.60

Cwmbran Jcp

This is the cash donations I received from my lovely colleagues in work ❤️

£26.25

Celyn And Mark Astrauskas

Well done Jen, you’re amazing! Don’t need to wish you luck because you can absolutely do it. You’re always thinking of others, even when you’re so busy with your own stuff. So proud to call you my friend x

£21

Ryan Cook

So proud of you x

£21

Anne Phillips

Go for it Jen. 🥰

£21

Darren Phillips

£21

Lyndsay

Well done Jen. Thank you for supporting an amazing Charity. You can do it!!! x

£21

Yvonne Rowley

Well done Jen! Love you. Xxx

£21

Katie Cone

Well done Jen, you are amazing xxx

£20

Alison Cook

£20

Laura Williams

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

£20

Rachel Kirby

Good luck Jen! Love Rach & Sid x

£10.50

Richard Jeremiah

Good luck Jen, you will smash it! X

£10.50

Elaine Woodliffe-haddow

Good luck xx

£10.50

Danielle Hackwood

Good luck you know you can do this x

£10.50

Caroline Perry

Good luck, Jen!

£10.50

Richard Hogg

Good luck. Video diary please. I want base camp, daily updates. The highs and lows.

£10.50

Anonymous

£10

Lesley Barnett

Good luck Jen, routing for you from a socially acceptable distance

£5.25

Hannah Davies

Well done Jen and good luck! X

£5.25

Cara Cheshire

Go for it Jen xxx

£5.25

Ellis Thomas

£5.25

Clare Willimas

xxxx

£5.25

Barter Baby Xxx

You Rock and You got this Beaut!!! Love you - Smash It! xxx

£5.25

Sarah Weston

Well done Jen x

£5.25

Tricia Morse

Well done Jen. Keep up the good work. Much love x x

£5.25

Jo Williams

Well done Jen!! Keep going my lovely xx

£5

Angela Jones

Go Jen!

£5

Claire Baker

Keep going Forest. You are doing great for a fabulous cause x