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Thank you to every company and individual who donated items, and also to those who purchased the items at the auctions and raffles. We appreciate your donations towards a worthy cause!
June 2015 - An exciting new project
We were approached recently, asking whether we would consider updating some of the rooms at our local hospitals where families wait during a miscarriage. Many of these rooms are quite sterile so our hope is to create a better, more relaxing environment that families can be in during this time. We know that simply redecorating the room won't take away the most awful pain but we can hope to create a space that is a little more relaxing and peaceful.
Our first project, therefore, is the updating of Side Room 3, Ward 1 at Heartlands Hospital. After discussions with the hospital we aim to put in a new reclining sofa for partners to sleep on, a lamp, a stereo system and/or docking station and then to brighten up the room with some colour and pictures. We also hope to provide some privacy of coverage across the windows. We feel that even if we can help a little then it is better than not helping at all!
To cover this, the money from Clements 83 will be put towards this project as well as some of our previously raised funds, however, if anyone would like to donate towards this project then please get in contact with us via email@example.com Every little bit will help!
We will keep you posted of our progress of the project so keep checking back for our latest updates and information.
May 2015 - St Michael's Church
Charlotte shared about Little Fingers at the Solihull Churches Together breakfast during the lead up to Whitsun. Just a few weeks later a lovely letter appeared containing a cheque towards the work we do. Thank you to St Michael's Church, Solihull for your generous and thoughtful donation.
May 2015 - Clements 83 Football Match
On a beautiful Sunday morning, Clements 83 Football team from the Coronation League, Birmingham took to the pitch for their final match of the season to play against the Aston Villa Lions and Legends team. Charlotte got to fulfill a lifelong dream of being a Villa mascot and we watched as the team played a superb game against each other.
The day was family friendly with bouncy castle, goal keeper penalty shoot out and BBQ to keep the children entertained while the adults took part in the karaoke. After the match the team presented trophies and awards, as well as taking the chance to hold a live auction and raffle. Loads of money was raised throughout the day, putting a perfect finish to a great team's fundraising efforts for the season.
April 2015 - NHS Patient Voice
After some correspondence with the team representatives for the NHS Patient Voice Survey re:stillbirth and after care, Charlotte was interviewed and her story videoed. Her story, alongside others, was then shown to a range of professionals from trust executives, consultants, bereavement leads and midwives.
Several members who attended the day have already been in contact having reflected upon the story of Little Fingers and shown us how their practice has already improved. We hope that services will continue to be improved by learning from the many tragic stories that have happened.
April 2015 - Jack's Sponsored Walk
On the 11th April, 11 year old Jack is holding a 10- mile sponsored walk to remember his half-brother who was stillborn in January. Alongside his mom and members of his own family and local football team, Jack is walking several miles to Earlswood Lakes, Solihull. It is so humbling to see a young boy using the pain of loss and transforming it to help others. What an inspiring boy! Thank you Jack. We will be cheering you on and will see you at the finish line on the day!
Feburary 2015 - Clements 83 Ladies Night
Oh what a night! Sue Jones and the team put on a night to remember. From live auctions to raffles and a fabulous Michael Buble tribute act (paid for by the lovely Kevin) ladies (and gents) danced the night away at the Social Club. There was lots of fun and laughter but even more importantly, lots of money raised towards our next project. This has helped take the total raised by Clements 83 Football team much further than they hoped. What a brilliant achievement! Thank you to all the ladies who came and to the men who gave up their time to be auctioned off. A brilliant night was had by all.
March 2015 - Tia sells Jewellery to raise much needed funds for LF
After a speaking event, Charlotte was approached by a wonderful young lady who had fundraised for LF by selling jewelry to her family and her school friends. Tia raised an amazing £50 towards our work and we are really thankful for her. Good job Tia. You are amazing!
January to May 2015 - Upcoming Events
In December, a local football team named Clements 83 contacted us telling us they were running lots of fundraising activities for us over the coming months to raise as much money as possible for the charity.
They have already held a pool tournament, while Sue (one of the ladies there) is holding a sponsored weight loss and has currently raised over £600.
Then on the 3rd April at 7pm until late there will be a Michael Buble tribute evening with disco. There will also be an auction to raise additional funds. Entry is just £2 per person and it will be held at Cotterills Lane, Solihull, B8 3RY.
On the 17th May they are holding their big charity football match where Clements 83 are playing against the Aston Villa Legends Team (including winners from the 1983 European Cup). This is being held at Hampton Sports Ground, Solihull. The event starts at 11.00am and kick off will be at around 11.30am. There will be lots of family fun and fundraising activities as well at the match. Later on the evening there will be a Night at the Races event too where participants will take part in a virtual horse race night.
Make sure you come along to one of these fantastic events and support both Little Fingers and Clements 83.
January 2015 - Full Charity Registration
Whoowhoo! Finally, we have received the ever important and long pending Charity Number from the Charity Commission. Our officially registered Charity Commission number is 1160115. This is an exciting next step in our journey as a charity and will enable us to reach an even wider audience than before. Yay!
Throughout 2015 - Speaking Engagements
Throughout 2015 Charlotte has already been booked in to speak at a range of public speaking events including speaking at her local church, Renewal Christian Centre, Solihull on Mother's Day across all 3 services.
She is also speaking at Forget Thee Not, Women's support groups for those working through grief and loss at both their Stratford – upon - Avon and Solihull locations. She will also be speaking at the Solihull Churches Together Lent breakfast on the 22nd March in Wetherspoon's Pub, Solihull at 9am. Maybe we'll see you there at one of these events.
December 2014 - SAND's Christmas Memorial Service
SANDs held their annual Christmas memorial service on Saturday 6th December at the St Paul's Centre. Charlotte was asked to give a small talk to parents about coping with the Christmas season. It was a humbling and moving event, even if the candles did set fire to each other!
Little Fingers provided all of the families with a small bauble to place on their Christmas trees and in their homes to remember little ones who will not be with them this Christmas time. We hope that as you navigate this difficult season that you remember to not struggle through it alone.
November 2014 - Not out of Mind Service, Alexandra Hospital, Redditch
Held at the beautifully quaint Ipsley Church, Redditch the Not out of Mind service was very special and a beautiful service. At the end of the service every family was given a balloon to release and a single white rose.
We built a great connection with David, Trudy and the team who work support bereaved families at the Alexandra Hospital. Keep up the great work there!
October 2014 - Micah's Second Anniversary
At 8.06pm your lifeless body entered our world. For the first few seconds I couldn't look, my mom held Micah as I was cleaned up and Gav kissed my head. Mom cooed, 'he's so beautiful Charl!' I'd been so afraid after the stories I'd heard about people rejecting their child that I would too.
As she placed him in my arms I fell in love. He was beautiful, so peaceful and untouched by the pains of this world. He was in a better place that this, with Popa God, while we were left with just an empty vessel.
His little button nose was just like his dads, the tufts on his head were brown and curly... and those tiny fingers. Those fingers so were precious that they wrapped our hearts around them.
We have learnt so much from Micah's death - we no longer find it painful to reflect or talk of him, but we celebrate his little life and all that it has stood for and taught us.
We no longer ask questions of why as we know we will not find such answers in this life, but in the next one, the place where we will meet our little boy who will be more beautiful than he was that day. On that day the only remaining question will be answered- the colour of his eyes - and then we will walk off hand in hand sharing stories, us of our lives on earth and him of the things of the life beyond this. From there we will be reunited for all eternity.
Tonight we toast the life of the most special little boy who graced our lives and changed it beyond belief.
We love you Buster, love Mommy and Daddy xx
October 2014 - Butterfly Award Winners
In July while checking through the charities emails we stumbled across a notification that we had been nominated for a Butterfly Award. We couldn't believe it! We'd heard of the Butterfly Awards via Facebook, but having read the stories of the nominees and recipients we had never thought we could even be considered worthy enough to be nominated.
Upon arriving at the awards ceremony we settled down to eat and listen to the speeches. Every speech was moving and inspiring, yet heart breaking all over again. Mel Scott's video brought back the reality of what every person in the room knew too well - the tragic effects that the loss of a children can have upon a person or family. We were all those people, but we were all survivors. We were all people who had overcome the odds and not allowed the loss of our children to defeat us but to define us into people greater; forever transformed by the memories of our children. The event was a proud celebration of survivors who were making it their aim to help others get through what they had already gone through.
As our category was read out we didn't for a moment think we would be in with a chance of being considered worthy enough so when our name was read we were shocked to say the least.
From its humble beginning Little Fingers has grown and grown each day. We have been so touched by how it has helped so many people from all over the world. We are so thankful for all the help and support of family, friends, our faith and many professionals who have made this dream become a reality. To take home an award is a wonderful achievement, although very bittersweet. Someone made a statement in their speech at the awards - 'there are no winners in baby loss' which is so true. We would much rather be sat at home on a Saturday night with a small toddler tucked up in bed, instead our life is very different. An award feels like an achievement but really keeping our head above water some days has been the far greater achievement. The waves of grief have grown less and less but still trickle, Little Fingers has certainly helped with this. Thank you to everyone who has supported it, made it grow and become what it is today. We are sure it is a wonderful legacy of our little boy who was very much wanted and loved.
The Butterfly Awards gave us the opportunity to meet and build some great connections with people who have taken our little book back to their places of work and organisations and chosen to use it as a resource to help the families that they work with. We are so thankful that the darkest part of our journey could be a light to others on theirs so that they really aren't alone in the shadows. Together we are all working together to lift the taboo and darkness that surrounds baby loss as much as we can.
Overall the Butterfly Awards was an incredible event, organised so well to make it a memorable and inspiring evening from start to finish. Everyone who attended would have been amazed by the amount of organisations across this country with hearts and purposes to help others like themselves, for this the Baby Loss Community should be proud. Proud of what they achieve each day and how inspiring they are. That is what is so comforting about being part of community of passionate people wanting to make this world a better place. We are proud of our friends - our fellow bereaved parents and the work they do. Keep going all of you as everyone is worthy of acknowledgement for all that you do. You are all incredible!
October 2014 - Heart of England Foundation Trust Memorial Service
On Saturday 11th October we were asked to support the HEFT Memorial service at the St Paul's Centre, Bordsley Green. It was a chance to remember all babies gone too soon as part of international baby loss awareness month. Charlotte was asked to read a poem titled, Little Snowdrop, as part of the proceedings too.
This was an especially poignant day as it was drawing near to the two year anniversary of Micah's life. Little Snowdrop was read at Micah's funeral service by the midwife who delivered him, Sue. Sue was also there at the service which added that extra special touch (and made it harder for Charlotte to read the poem without crying!).
The service itself was packed full of people from all walks of life who were united under one cause, the love of a child/ren whom they have lost too soon. It was an incredibly emotional service that was well rounded off by a balloon release at the end. Watching the sea of white balloons drift off into the skies was a precious sight to behold.
We then had a small table at the back of the room and were able to hand out plenty of copies to bereaved parents as well as chaplains who support families too. It was great to see the Solihull SANDS and the Lily-Mae Foundation there too.
October 2014 - Raising awareness; working in partnership.
On Saturday 4th October Little Fingers took to the busy shopping centre, Touchwood, Solihull, alongside its local SANDS group in order to raise awareness of Baby Loss Awareness month. It was great to work alongside the team from SANDS. It was a busy day but we got to speak to lots of bereaved parents, midwives and other just every kind and generous members of the public.
Please remember to check out your local SANDS group for all the support they can offer you. They don't only offer resources and support groups but 'Befriender Services' that will meet you one-to-one in person, via phone call or through email.
For more information on SANDS Solihull check out their website: www.solihull-sands.org.uk
October 2014 - New website!
We have recently launched our brand new website! Whit whoo! The team felt that we needed an updated look which included an online tool for accessing the signposting that we offer. We have carefully taken the time to include as many charity organisations as we can to help offer support. We hope that you find this section of the new site easily accessible and useful. So many great websites will just be a click away.
If you run a charity or organisation and would like to be included in any of the sections then please drop us an email message and we will add you in. We want our directory to be as comprehensive as we possibly can.
Thank you to Gavin and Steve who worked so hard in putting it together. It hasn't been easy but certainly worth it! Thanks guys!
September 2014 - Solihull's Lord Mayor Donation
This month Little Fingers received a lovely cheque through the post on behalf of the Lords Mayor's parlour, Solihull. Each year the exiting Mayor of Solihull donates money towards local charities in order to support them in the work they do.
Thanks to Cllr. Joe Tildesley for his donation. Look out for Little Fingers in the local Solihull newspaper for more information on the awarding evening.
August 2014 - Video Promo shoot
On a beautiful summers day in Kings Norton Park we filmed our first and latest promo video for Little Fingers. Monster and Sons offered their services entirely for free and were amazing. They were very patient to take lots and lots of retakes in order to get the best footage possible. I am sure you will agree the video has been well put together. If you would like to speak to them about creating your own video then here is their link: Monster and Sons
Make sure you check out our video on the Get Support page.
Thanks Paul and Stephen for your work!
August 2014 - One Tough Mudder
If Wonder Woman really existed then we would suspect she looked a lot like Claire Wevill aka 'Wev'. Not only has she managed to complete this tough regime of challenges –