Raising money for different baby loss charities has been an important part of our grieving. In the early days, it gave us something to focus on when we had lost all purpose and it allowed us to feel useful – to give something back to the organisations that helped us in our darkest days and gave us hope for the future. As time goes on, raising money has become a way in which to parent Orla and keep her memory and legacy alive.
At present, our fundraising total stands at: £19,232.59
If you would like to support our current endeavour, you can do so by clicking here:
We have raised money for both Sands and Tommy’s. They provide information and vital support to bereaved parents, as well as funding much needed research that will help to save more babies lives. Their work is vital.
Here is a snapshot of our fundraising activities to date:
Cycling For Orla 2016
Exactly three months after Orla’s birth in 2016, Andy cycled from Canada to Mexico – an amazing 1883.2 miles, which he completed in just 36 days. I travelled with him as his support vehicle, helping to raise money alomg the way.
Cycling For Orla 2017
In 2017, Andy participated in Ride London, cycling 100 miles throughout London and Surrey. Later that year, he then cycled London to Lands End where I again acted as support vehicle. On this trip, we left 88 random acts of kindness along the way, all dedicated to a baby gone too soon.
Running for Orla 2017
Orla’s Aunty Hayley and Uncle Phil ran the Brightom Marathon in her memory. This felt all the more significant as it took place just days after Esme was born.
Running for Orla 2018
And as if we don’t have enough on our plate, both Andy and I have signed up to run the London landmarks Half Marathon in March. Keep an eye out for our charity pins that I will be selling to help us reach our fundraising target.