Many of you will know all about my little boy Jacob, but I am sure many of you won't.
Jacob was born 9 years ago today. During the last phase of delivery I encountered serious problems, and as a result, Jacob had to be put on a life support machine. After 5 days, we had to make the horrendous decision to turn off the life support machine. It was such a difficult time for us, but Jacob has left an incredible impression on my life. I now have much greater empathy, and strength. I took away so many life lessons and know, eventually, I became a better person.
I know we are far from alone in our loss, and found the help and support of Sands, absolutely vital. They are there to help the families of those who suffer loss from Stillbirth and Neonatal death, and they most definitely helped me. One day, maybe I'll be able to get on the phone and help other parents who are reeling from their loss - but until then, what I can do is help raise money. And that is how I decided to celebrate and remember my little boy.
I will auction off over the next 5 days, 5 pieces of my work from the Crafty Countdown. I have selected my favourite pieces, and will frame them for the winner. I will also match the money raised (that bit will have to be after pay day!! It's been a little tricky not being allowed to work.....eeek).
The first piece was one of my favourites:
In fact, I was so happy with this, it almost got framed and put up in my house!
The way this will work, I need you to place your bids in the comments to this post, or if you wish to remain anonymous, you can email your bid to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post the total of the bid regularly on here throughout the day, so please check if you are in the running (the blog notifications are slow, so please don't wait for them, just log in to check the blog!!).
The auction will close at 8pm this evening.
The winner will then be able to pay via bank transfer or cheque - and I will match the amount bid to send to Sands. I will check with you about the frame, to see what colour will be better for you :) Please bear with me, as I am rushed off my feet for the next couple of weeks, but when it calms down a little, I will get all the pieces framed and posted.
Good luck, and please spread the word.
Thank you, xxx