It’s Baby Loss Awareness Week, a week for raising awareness about pregnancy and baby loss and also a time to reflect and remember our lost children.
Baby Loss Awareness Week culminates in the ‘Wave of Light’ at 7pm on Thursday 15th October. We’ll be thinking of you and all your beautiful children – young and old this week.
And here’s a few articles that we’ve stumbled across that are particularly pertinent this week (and after):
’10 things you need to know when someone’s baby dies’ from Scary Mommy
‘How to talk to children about miscarriage and stillbirth’ from What’s Your Grief
There’s also a range of baby loss articles on our articles page.
The Good Grief Festival is a free three day online event with lots of interesting and inspiring speakers and sessions. Check it out at Good Grief Fest
Bereaved parent Gill Mann will be speaking. Her beautiful book about her son, Sam’s story “A Song Inside” will move and resonate in every bereaved parents heart and will soon be available in SLOW’s libraries for the day that we are able to resume face to face working.
Currently we are running all groups via Zoom, please do get in touch if you would like to come to one of our groups, you will find a warm online community who will welcome you. For details of our forthcoming support group dates click here.
Would you like to play a role in shaping SLOW’s future? We are currently looking for trustees with skills and experience in the following areas:
- Strategic planning and charity development
- Charity law and compliance
The trustees would assist with the development of SLOW’s strategic plan and vision and help increase the charity’s impact and influence. The applicants should be committed to helping bereaved families and have significant governance experience.
For more information and details of how to apply click here.
It’s a difficult time out there for small charities like SLOW and today we give thanks to our generous and flexible funders.
When the pandemic hit, our grant and trust partners (new and existing) stepped up and we’ve received over £60,000 in the space of six months.
Our funders recognise the importance of our bereavement support services – a lifeline to many – and the creative ways in which we continue to support bereaved parents even during lockdown.
So big thank yous to:
- The Lotteries – Reaching Communities
- The Coronavirus Community Support Fund (HM Government and the Lotteries)
- The London Community Response Fund
- The John Armitage Charitable Trust
- The CAF Emergency Fund
- Islington Council Community Chest
- Local Initiatives Fund (Islington Council)
- Waitrose Community Matters
We are overwhelmed with gratitude and truly thankful for their support during this difficult time.
Like many small charities, SLOW has been impacted by the cancellation of fundraising events due to Covid-19. In response, we’re joining the 2.6 challenge and hoping that our members and their family and friends can join us in raising funds for SLOW with their inspiring events from this weekend.
The 2.6 challenge has been set up by the London Marathon organisers as the race (also 26ish miles) is not going ahead this Sunday – the 26th April.
We’d love you to fundraise for SLOW by creating a personal challenge based around the figures 2.6 or 26.
So, you could do 26 cartwheels, 26 laps of your garden, a 2.6 mile / km run or walk, 26 minute of yoga or pogo’ing, or just run up and down your street 26 times!
Be creative the challenges are endless! It’s open to anyone of any age, sibs included, and the only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government’s guidelines on exercising and social distancing.
You can either set up a fundraising page, or simply make a one-off donation for your challenge via this link.
Thank you so much everyone – your fundraising efforts will be truly appreciated!