Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Fundraising update

Well, my lovely craft friends, thank you ever so much. The auction has finished, and the response has been incredible. I am so moved by your generosity. Last night the highest bid closed at £250 for both pieces!!!! My word. 

This means we have managed to raise £700 in the auction - which I will double to bring that total to £1400!! The Just Giving page has been so busy, again, thank you. I have received so many donations. If you would like the visit the page, the link is:
http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Leonie-Pujol

This brings us to the close of the auction, which I timed specifically, as we made the decision to let Jacob go on this day 9 years ago (the date is different, of course, due to the leap year). It was a horrendous decision - but thankfully one Jacobs dad and myself agreed was best. Our family and friends were there to support us. At the time, I couldn't see how I'd ever get over, or move on from loosing Jacob. It wasn't easy, of course. But life does go on. And the old saying, time is a healer, is true. That horrendous ache in your heart, slowly recedes, and life starts to fill again with happiness. My heart now goes out to those parents and their families who will also suffer this loss. But it will be okay. Life is fair, and wonderful - but there's always going to be hurt in the mix. We just have to try to piece ourselves back together and appreciate all the wonderful things we do have, slowly and gently. 

I have had so many messages saying I'm brave - I don't feel that way, I just feel very lucky to have made it out the other side with a view on life that's been dramatically changed for the better. And I owe a lot to my friends and family who have been there to help me do this. 

Today, I'm going to walk my hairy kids with my lovely friend, then get ready for tomorrow's show - and I'm really looking forward to it! Good company then a crafty afternoon. Life is good.

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Thank you. 

19 comments:

Jackie Durrant said...

And thank you Leonie for allowing us to share such private memories and thoughts. The monies raised are truly a testament to that. With best wishes Jackie x

pab1944 said...

Hi Leonie Well done on you quest and like Jackie I thank you for sharing with us you memories and thoughts at this time. No one can take memories away and a tear never hurts anyone.
god bless
Pauline
big hugs

Julie-Ann said...

Hugs xxx

Lorrainne Wilson said...

Hi. Leonie. As you well know, at times 'life seems so unfair'. You are brave to be able to share your life and thoughts with so many of us, who after all are just 'crafty friends/family'. To speak about life it is so hard for many people and through you sharing your words and feeling show that there is light out there, just don't stop looking. Leonie you are a "one off" special lady 💕 🌟 💕

Lea Brawn said...

It does take guts to manage to come out the other side Leonie. You don't give yourself enough credit. I'm a Nanny that lost her beautiful little grandson at 20 weeks on the SAME day my other gorgeous grandson was born. There was half an hour between them. My son came home without his son while my daughter did come home with hers. Never have I been so torn. I was supposed to be happy but I was devastated. Time has moved on as you say. I've never forgotten that day nor will I. We celebrate both boys birthday....I have a great strapping 14 year old who was that surviving baby and he has been followed by three more grandchildren - one of those would probably not be here if our baby had lived as he was born to my son a year later so I do count my blessings. Like you I look at life differently now...there's a huge amount of people going through what you did and until it happens to you I don't think you appreciate it until it happens to you. You should be hugely proud of yourself Leonie...Jacob had an amazing Mummy xxx

karenlotty said...

Hear hear and ditto I can't express my feelings and thoughts any better than you and others have done

karenlotty said...

When I'm back in UK I will visit your justgiving page

Margaret said...

Very pleased the auction, along with the donations, has gone so well, Leonie. Mxx

Crafty Jack said...

That must have been so difficult to write and share such an emotional period in all of your life's. But they say sharing and even writing feelings down helps. I wish you and yours well and happeness for what ever happens in the future.

God Bless and be happy.....

Love from Jackie xxxxx

hollyberry said...

Can only agree with everything that has already been said. It takes a special kind of person to be able to open up and lay bare for everyone to read such a traumatic period in your life. Hopefully it will help someone else in the same or similar position know that there can be light at the end of that long dark tunnel and that life can become worth living again.
Really well done on your fund raising Leonie ,you have raised an amazing amount of money in memory of your little boy.

Linda Simpson said...

You are a very special person Leonie and it takes a very brave person to share the heartache you have experienced. Thank YOU!
Hugs
Linda xxx

Beverley Laughlin said...

Thank you Leonie for sharing what could only be described as a very dark time in your life. It has been a difficult read as tears roll down my face, I can only imagine it must have been difficult to write.

You are truly one special lady.

Love & best wishes

Bev xx

p.s the card from the blog giveaway arrived safely it is beautiful, many thanks x

Elaine said...

What a fantastic amount of money you have raised. Also thinking of you xxxxx

Jan Sharp said...

Well done Leonie, for sharing, for coming through a tough time and for the fund raising. You are such an inspiration. I'm off to visit your just giving page. See you tomorrow x

Jan Sharp said...

Well done Leonie, for sharing, for coming through a tough time and for the fund raising. You are such an inspiration. I'm off to visit your just giving page. See you tomorrow x

Olive Ann Jones said...

congratulations Leonie, new you could do it. glad you set up the just giving page, much easier for all who want to donate, keep up the good work love and hugs xx

Kitty Davies said...

Hi Leonie.
Many congratulations.
Take care Kitty.

nancyd said...

Hi Leonie, what a heartfelt blog really feel for you remember when Dawn told us about your loss on QVC I was heartbroken for you all and so glad that you have found a brighter future to look forward too.
Nancyd xx

carol edwards said...

So glad the auction went well Leoni and thank you for sharing your journey x