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Swimming On Aire Update
Laura, Jamie and Chris
Since my last article was published in June this year I have passed the 96km mark and aim to complete the challenge by Christmas.

I have been lucky enough to have some more press coverage and the support I received from both friends and strangers alike has been overwhelming.

At the start of the year I set out to raise £500 for Saying Goodbye. When the newspaper articles went out, I had raised around £368. That night, someone anonymously donated the remaining £132 to reach the target of £500, and to that person, I would like to say a huge thank you. Your donation gave me a massive boost to keep going.

Since then more and more people have donated what they can and my total now stands at around £680. This money will be used for the work of Saying Goodbye and will help to fund their memorial services and their support work for people who experienced baby loss at any stage during pregnancy or infancy.

Saying Goodbye are also raising money to create a helpline, which would be invaluable to so many people.

Saying Goodbye are a division of the Mariposa Trust and they provide comprehensive support solutions including the ‘Saying Goodbye’ services of remembrance, which are held at cathedrals, minsters and abbeys across the UK and internationally.

These services allow parents and their extended family and friends to acknowledge and remember each child they have lost in a supportive and beautiful service.

It was this service in Bradford that was a huge turning point in my recovery. Having that space to publicly celebrate the babies that we lost gave me some peace that I had previously been unable to attain.

The Mariposa Trust also provide a range of other support options, including online support, befriending and therapy.

This year’s service at Bradford Cathedral was on Sunday 29th October. This was the 98th service that the charity has held since September 2012, and was one of over 20 taking place this year. These uplifting and moving services are filled with music, poems and acts of remembrance, are free and open to anyone of any faith or no faith.

To all who have supported me with their donations and kind words, I want to thank you all. Your support with this has raised so much awareness so that hopefully, people who need this support are able to get it and deal with their grief. The money will continue to do amazing work and help so many people.

If you are able to donate, please go to https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/laurawarren1

Thank you all again for your support.

If you want to know more about Saying Goodbye, the website is www.sayingoodbye.org or you can search ‘Saying Goodbye’ on social media.

To read Laura's original article go to:
http://yorkshiretimes.co.uk/article/Swimming-On-Aire

Article written by Laura Warren

Swimming On Aire Update, 12th November 2017, 21:42 PM