News 2014


Another first for us, after our eventful November, was our candlelit carol service held at the Mayfair Hotel in Jersey. Offering an opportunity to pause before the Christmas rush and honour and celebrate the short lives of our babies, it was a beautiful evening. Led by the Reverend Bill Matthews, there was a time for readings, reflection, song, candle lighting and remembrance. Messages could be written and tied to our Christmas Tree, the names of little loved ones were read out - a rare opportunity to actually hear their name, and candles were lit in their memory. A beautiful evening. We will be holding another service next December, but this time on a Wednesday evening to allow more people to attend. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.


We were very excited about Enjoy2swim (aka Nicky at the Mayfair)'s Christmas 'Frozen' party held at the Mayfair. We welcomed 130 children and we were so lucky that Father Christmas could take time out of his busy schedule to visit us. See our photo album below for a taste of what was on offer. We raised over £500 which is just amazing and a huge thank you must got to Nicky and her team for the huge effort that goes into making this such a fantastic event, not only for her pupils and parents, but also as a fundraiser for Philip's Footprints. Thanks also go to the very generous people and companies who gifted items for the raffle and items for our Christmas Craft Fayre Table.

A huge 'thank you' to the Jersey Marathon Relay team "The Country Mumkins" consisting of Jo Prouten, Lyn Bellot, Helen Lempriere, Islana McLaughlin-Bell and Karl Everett who kindly stood in for his wife. They raised a fantastic £252 for Philip's Footprints! 

Well done and thank you!

A big thank you to the ladies - East and West!- who gave up their time to come and make candle jars for our candle lit service in December - they look wonderful!


I am delighted to welcome Vicky de Veulle and Joanne Prouten as new Trustees of Philip's Footprints. Both have been friends of mine since the early days of our losses (we all lost a baby full term within a 6 month period) and have been a great support both to me personally and the charity in this time. (Jo Nash)

The other night I was privileged to meet the boys and girls of 2nd Jersey Greve d'Azette Scout Group - Cubs. During Baby Loss Awareness Week they did a fundraising fun run (if it can be called fun running in the drizzle!) on the evening of 13th October and raised a totally amazing £418! As part of their Cub Scout Promise, they promise to do their best and they have certainly exceeded their best on this occasion. Thank you to Akela, the helpers, parents and supporters who made this happen. Even better, I got a ‘big’ cheque too Thank you to Katie for making it, I'll keep it forever

The Annual Wave of Light. 

Once again the Baby Loss Awareness week culminated in the Global Wave of light on15th October, whereby everyone lights a candle at 7pm and as each time zone reaches 7pm this creates a beautiful wave of light around the world, in memory of our babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.


Every school year 'Enjoy2swim' (otherwise known as Nicky at the Mayfair) supports a local charity. In previous years Nicky has supported Jersey Dyslexia and Jenny Stafford for Guide Dogs for the Blind (Jenny ran this year's London Marathon with a sighted guide - what an achievement!). This year, Nicky has very kindly chosen to support Philip’s Footprints and we are very grateful for this. Nicky will also be undertaking various challenges in recognition of her upcoming 40th birthday, with all monies raised being donated to Philip’s Footprints.

Firstly, we look forward to the Christmas Party held every year for Nicky’s swimming pupils - and what else could it be this year but ‘Frozen’ themed, complete with Pasha the guide dog acting as an honorary reindeer whilst Father Christmas visits. So whilst you have all been enjoying the summer sun, my friend Nicky and I have been planning snowy decorations and a Christmas Fayre table, full of Frozen stocking fillers and Christmassy crafted items which we hope will encourage plenty of festive donations.


The Great Philip’s Footprints Sewing Bee! 

A great couple of days with some lovely ladies who have now given us a good supply of sewn items - angel pockets and angel gowns - which will last us for quite some time. Thank you so much!

March - an Inspirational month!

A huge thank to Jersey Women's Refuge who hosted a wonderful International Women's Day Breakfast. 

I can honestly say I am so honoured to be nominated for their Inspirational Woman of the Year 2014 and even more stunned to win the award. 

Here I am with Jan Auffret (our Jersey bereavement midwife) who has helped and supported me from the beginning and for which I will be eternally grateful. 

A huge thank you to everyone else who has supported me and the charity, we could not do it without you.
Mothers Day is nearly here and with it can bring all kinds of conflicting feelings, particularly if you have no living child. Sending love to those of you who have lost a baby (at any gestation) – you are STILL a Mother. And sending love to those people who have lost their Mother too. I wish you all a gentle day and to let you know you can find support here if you need it xxx


A big thank you to everyone at Sign Time (link underneath as FB won't let me here) - Lisa sold some badges for us and raised £20.18. Just in case anyone thinks that's not a huge amount - it's enough to buy a memory box, matching small box for precious items, inkless hand and footprint kit, ceramic remembering heart (cheating slightly - these are donated by Jane James), clay imprint kit, 2 teddies (one for baby, one for the parents to keep), angel pocket, 4GB memory card for use with our camera and candle. So thank you Sign Time, you have made a huge difference to one family xxx

A big thank you to Cannacord Genuity Wealth Management of Guernsey for donating £100 and to Lucy Brehaut who nominated us for Cannacord's charity of the month.  

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