Readers, I do not apologise for today’s post. If it makes you sad, or cry, or think.too.much, I apologise for that. But I cannot apologise for telling Jennie’s story here on the AOW pages, in fact, I should have done it sooner.
Jennie is a marvel. A wonder. A beautiful person to whom the worst things have happened and yet she charges on. Jennie’s gorgeous baby girl, Matilda Mae, was 9 months old when she died of SIDS in February. Since that terrible day, Jennie has cared for her twins, supported her husband, planned and loved through the most beautiful funeral for Matilda and tweeted and blogged through the whole thing with the utmost dignity and heartbreaking honesty. To date, she has raised more than £20,000 for The Lullaby Trust to try and ensure that no other families have to go through the trauma that she and David and their twins Esther and William have experienced.
Any Other Women, you have proved yourself to be a marvellous community; you are generous and caring and you are there for one another. Not just ‘when it matters’, but all the time. I am asking you today, to be there for Jennie. It’s her birthday today, her first without Matilda Mae. Instead of cards and presents, Jennie is asking for donations to The Lullaby Trust. You can donate here.
Jennie, if you’re reading this, there are no words. I can only imagine the pain you experience every single day and wish that there was something I could do to lessen it. I hope that one day you find a peace that allows you too look back at what you have achieved in Matilda’s memory and be proud. Happy birthday, you incredible lady, with so much love.