TEDDY BEARS PICNIC
Oscar's Wish Foundation is organising a family fun Teddy Bears Picnic in early August for our families and their friends (this is not an open public event) Watch this space as plans begin to fall into place.
LONDON TO BRIGHTON 2016
OWF would like to extend its bereavement support and offer more to our parents with a focus on Dads..... "Dads grieve too" is the project that we are working and we need raise about £2,000 to kick this project off....
OWF has a dedicated team of people cycle training for this years London To Brighton. Our Sponsors, The wonderful A Step At A Time are kindly supporting us again this year!
We are training hard and in order to tackle the beacon and the 54 miles (which is longer than you think!) every day's training counts! Each of us are cycling in honour and in memory of our little ones..... Could you ...spare a £1 or 2 (to donate click on the link below).
Thank you so much! X
A Step at a Time Hypnotherapy supports OWF for a second year running by arranging a team of 10 cyclists to train for the London to Brighton bike ride, June 19th 2016.
On Sunday 19th June a team of 10 riders sponsored by A Step at a Time will take to their bicycles to embark on the London to Brighton bike ride raising funds for Oscar's Wish Foundation.
Last year ASAT and OWF raised £1,500 providing 100 bereavement bags for parents who lost a baby before, during or after birth at both The Princess Royal Hospital, Hayward's Heath and The Royal Sussex County, Brighton.
Would you be kind enough to sponsor our amazing team?
Our first awareness documentary has received over 72,000 views in just 14 months of being on YouTube!
Still Born, But Still Mine...........Is the story of one of our Trustee's who devastatingly lost he baby at 6 months pregnant. Please watch with care.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER FOR OWF
We are very proud to announce that in late November this year we are holding a very special event in honour of your precious little ones.
"A Night to Remember" is an event to bring us all together in a special way. The evening is a chance to see all of the support that is available to us, our families and children and honour them in a safe and gentle way.
The evening will offer:
Glass of Prosecco, orange juice or tea or coffee on entry
A few stalls with information about baby loss, other charities and support for us and our children
A guest Speaker (to be confirmed)
Craft table to make a tea light lantern to take home and
Make and laminate two Christmas cards for your precious baby. One for home and one to laminate to place somewhere special (memory garden, forever bed, outside if you wish)
OWF memory Gift shop stall with lots of gentle items to purchase in memory of....
The venue, date and times and to be confirmed based upon interest from our families.
MARATHON ROW FOR OWF
Dave Stone, One of our amazing trustees is completing a Marathon Row for OWF on the 21st March in the entrance of the Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill. He has set himself the challenge of rowing over 42,000m in 3 hours in a bid to raise the much needed awareness that fathers grieve too in the devastating circumstance that their precious baby dies.
You can support Dave and donate to his awesome fundraiser by following this link – https://www.youcaring.com/raising-money-and-awareness-for-oscars-wish-foundation-522387
Mid Sussex Times newspaper article – READ NOW
BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON FOR OWF
The lovely Sarah Byng completed the Brighton Half Marathon in aid of OWF and St Peter and St James Hospice on Sunday 28th February. Her motivation for choosing OWF as one of her chosen charities was because Sarah knew Gemma, OWF Founder very well and was touched by her devastating story. Sarah trained hard in the few weeks that she had to prepare and completed the marathon in an amazing 1 hour 58 minutes and 27 seconds! We are so incredibly proud of you Sarah! Thank you lovely!
To all of our wonderful supporters who kindly donated their little green token in Waitrose – thank you!
Waitrose, Uckfield we are truly very grateful for all of your help and support in securing over £500 to bring us closer to the goal of registering our charity.... Thank you to everyone – you are wonderful!
NORTH LONDON HALF MARATHON FOR OWF
Karen Hollywood from Newick in East Sussex contacted OWF in late February to ask if she could run the North London Half Marathon. Karen explains "I am running for this amazing Foundation. Oscar's Wish Foundation provides a much needed support and a range of resources to help bereaved parents, family members and siblings. This is all done by a very brave lady called Gemma who lost her beautiful baby son Oscar. She has tirelessly campaigned to get this Foundation to charitable status. And is nearly there. She provides hospitals with bereavement packs and bears to siblings. All done by her and her team of very special people."
Karen kindly wants to support the work that our dedicated team of Trustees do to provide the much needed support that is required around the loss of a precious baby for many years to come. It is a life long commitment.
Karen explains that "I would love to raise as much as possible to get them to charity status. Please help me to help them help others."
Thank you so much Karen. You can read Karen's story here – https://www.youcaring.com/gemma-kybert-530420
WAVE OF LIGHT 2015
OWF is proud to announce that we have just received the go ahead from the councillors from Mid Sussex Council to hold our very first ever WAVE OF LIGHT event this year.
We are going to be meeting and lighting a candle for our precious babies. We are offering every parent, family member, friend and sibling who has been bereaved or touched by the loss of a precious child the opportunity to come and light a candle in their memory.
We will be offering you to write and leave a special message that can be pinned to our Memory tree. These will be left here in unity for 24 hours and may be collected by individuals after this time.
Please come and join the OWF team, light a memory candle. Write a special message and blow bubbles to heaven.
When – 14th October 2015, Time – 7pm, Where – The Garden of Remembrance, Western Road, Haywards Heath
*Donations are welcome to go to providing Bereavement support Bags at The Princess Royal hospital, Haywards Heath and The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton*
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY – REMEMBER ME WORKSHOP – Wednesday 30th September at Fun-Net Cafe 7–8.30pm
Memory Book Workshop – This is an opportunity for you to make a special book to keep all of your precious and special memories safe. Lovely resources, ideas and suggestions to create a book unique to you.
*Suggested donation to OWF of £6* (Only payable on the first memory book workshop)
REMEMBER ME WORKSHOP – Wednesday 7th October at Fun-Net Cafe 7–8.30pm
Decorating Christmas candles for our beautiful babies – This workshop will be focussed on the Christmas season. Christmas is a hard time for us and this workshop allows you an opportunity to create some special Christmas resources including a Special Christmas candle for your precious baby in Heaven.
*Suggested donation to OWF £4* (Only payable on the first Christmas workshop)
****All resources are supplied and there is an opportunity to purchase refreshments, hot food and snacks.****
THANK YOU BARCLAYS!
A huge thank you to Barclays Bank, Hayward's Heath for so kindly allowing us to have our OWF awareness display, displayed for a week.
Our display has turned many heads and provided a great source of information for people who may not have known some of the things they do now having stopped and read our display.
OWF prides its work on raising awareness and educating more people.... I didn't know that when they couldn't find my baby's heartbeat that I would have to go through labour and birth like I did?
Educating people is so key to raising awareness, gaining support and allowing us parents, siblings and families to have the support and respect that we deserve....
Show your support for OWF.... Barclays Bank is!
Barclays Bank, Haywards Heath will be where our most recent OWF display will be for the next week (Wednesday 9th Wednesday - 16th September 2015).
Pop in and see what we have been and are up to -
See what projects we are running
See how you can support us
Pick up some leaflets and information
Support us by buying one of our supporters wrist bands or trolley coin key rings!
P.S. Did I mention cake? Hopefully see you there xx
Bereavement Bags donated to two local hospitals
The 5th September 2015 will always be a momentous day for OWF!
Why? Because this is the day the that the first bereavement support bags were donated to two local hospitals. The Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath and The Royal Sussex County, Brighton each received 50 bereavement bags to provide love and comfort to parents who experience a devastating loss before, during or shortly after birth.
The bags have been compiled to give some guidance during the days following. There are so many questions asked and in some situations so many decisions to make that we hope these bags will provide some level of comfort.
Our trustee Dave Stone (little Jessica's daddy) has been kindly photographed with his awesome friend and colleague Emily Crosta who ran the Brighton marathon earlier this year in memory of all of our precious babies xx
Super well done Emily on raising an awesome £176 for OWF! Thank you so much!
UCKFIELD FM RADIO INTERVIEW – 2nd September 2015
Gemma first visited Uckfield FM back in March, 2015, (see below) not long after the foundation was launched. She explained that it came into being following the tragic loss of her son, Oscar. Gemma gives an update on what has been happening since her last visit. You can tune in to listen to the audio of the interview on www.uckfieldfm.co.uk.
Sussex Express Interview – 29th August 2015
THE LONDON TO BRIGHTON 2015
7 amazing cyclists braved the challenge of the 54 mile route from London to Brighton at the end of June. The amazing team made up of Nicky Edwards (Owner of their Sponsors A Step at a Time), Fabiana Rodrigues, Issie Baty, Joe Sullivan, Mandy Webb, Alex and Oscar's Mummy - Gemma Kybert have so far raised an awesome £1505 for the charity to get as many Love-a-Bear bags into the local hospitals.
It is truly and utterly amazing that the team cycled through sun and wind from Clapham Common, London to Madeira Drive, Brighton within 6 hours. Many achy sore muscles and approached the finish line with a huge sense of determination and pride as we cycled through the finish line to collect our medals. Thank you so, so much everyone for your kindness and support.
Emily Runs Brighton Marathon for Oscar's Wish Foundation – 12th April 2015
Lovely Emily Crosta, from Burgess Hill is running the Brighton Marathon on behalf of OWF. A huge thank you to Emily for choosing us! We will see you at the finish line!
Emily you are amazing!!! Totally amazing! Running the Brighton marathon for Oscar's wish foundation raising over £200! AWESOME! Thank you so so much!
Emily you are amazing!!! Totally amazing! Running the Brighton marathon for Oscar's wish foundation raising over £200! AWESOME! Thank you so so much!
UCKFIELD FM RADIO INTERVIEW – 20th March 2015
Uckfield FM's very own radio presenter Tony Williams talks to Gemma about her tragic journey from becoming a Mother, to grieving for her son, to setting up OWF. All of which has happened over the passed 5 months. You can tune in to listen to the audio of the interview on www.uckfieldfm.co.uk.
FAMILY FUN DAY – 18th February 2015
Childcare Teachers and Students at Central Sussex College planned and organised a Family Fun Day. The funds from refreshment swere kindly donated to OWF. It was amazing how many Mummy's approached Gemma, Oscar's Mummy and explained their devastating stories... We hope to raise awareness and develop our support to more parents. A whopping £103.71 was raised!
OWF LAUNCH – 14th February 2015
OWF is a not-for-profit organisation offering comfort and support to parents, family, siblings and friends who have experienced the devastating loss of a precious baby. The launch was showcased in memory of little baby Oscar Jensen. Friends and family gathered to remember his precious life and the lives of many babies by releasing balloons and messages written on sky lanterns into the sky.
Gemma Kybert, Mother to Oscar thanked everyone for their generous and kind support throughout the past 12 weeks of Oscar passing. "Everyone has been truly amazing. They have picked me up when I couldn't stand, helped me put one foot in front of the other when I couldn't muster the energy to walk and cuddled me every step of the way. Without my amazing family and friends I wouldn't be able to face every day of the rest of my life without my Oscar. There are no words deep enough to show my gratitude"
17 babies a day (SANDS 2015) do not make it into this world due to many reasons and that means 17 mummys, daddys and families heartbroken by the news, feeling how I do, trying to face the day ahead without their precious baby. I personally cannot do anything to take away their pain but I can offer my deepest condolences and hope that they will find some comfort within Oscar's Wish.
Oscar's Wish has a wonderful team of people so kindly dedicating their time to helping others who have experienced loss. Together I hope that we can help support each other through dark days and light to remember our angels together.
Pedal for Oscar's Wish Foundation – London to Brighton Bike Ride 2015
In November 2014 we sadly lost Oscar Jensen, born fast asleep, in memory of him and the love we all have for him and his mummy 'A Step At a Time' have entered a strong team of cyclists to complete the 54 mile route of the London to Brighton on Sunday 21st June 2015 to raise vital funds for Oscar's Wish Foundation.
Oscar's Wish Foundation is a very special charity that has been set up by Oscar's mummy to support those who have lost a child. The funds raised will be used towards:
Providing support through Bereavement Packs to parents and to raise awareness of the charity and its resources
To help relieve the suffering, distress and misfortune experienced by parents, families and siblings who have lost their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, genetic interruption, multiple loss, neonatal or infant death
Provision of online support through information and a message board
Holding community and fundraising events to support families and raise awareness
To reduce the feeling of loneliness, depression, anxiety and isolation experienced by those who are grieving
To provide a support network for parents by increasing contact with other families who have experienced a similar loss
Support for parents, families and siblings who have experience a pregnancy, birth or infant loss with the donation of our “Love-a-Bear” programme.
We hope that you are able to make a donation, however great or small to support this event and the incredible work that is being completed by OWF to support parents. The pain may never leave, but Oscar's memory will live on.
With thanks, Nicky (on behalf of the L2B team – Mandy, Chrissy, Barry, Aaron, Fabiana, Alex, Gemma and Tracey)