Yesterday we had probably one of the most emotional and amazing meetings since we launched Forever Stars, thanks to a wonderful lady called Fran Marriott. Fran used to work with Michelle as a Community Matron, when Fran heard about what had happened, she contacted the Directors of Nottingham City Care to see if they could help us, as part of their social enterprise (I have to admit, I'm still unsure what a social enterprise is but if it means community projects like Forever Stars gets support, then I am for it!). After discussions with Trevor & Karen two Directors at Nottingham City Care, they kindly donated £5000 plus offered to support promoting our message plus technical support for when the fundraising turns into facilities.
Over the coming days, I think we will be in a position to make further quite special announcements about fundraising, so watch this space.
We think the Charity Commission application is about complete, we just need confirmation from the people we have asked to be trustees, that they are happy to take on the role with us...
I've mentioned before that sometimes when I least expect it, thoughts of Emily suddenly enter my mind, more often than not it is upsetting but sometimes it is with grateful reflection that I actually had chance to hold her and see just how beautiful my daughter was.
Today however was a harder than usual thought to manage, suddenly from nowhere, my mind started trying to remember what Emily looked like, real panic hit me when I couldn't remember her face, the very face that I have thought about every night when I go to sleep and every morning when I wake up - isnt it strange what tricks the mind plays on you. Thankfully, I have a picture on me at all times, so just took a moment out of the office, to look at her gorgeous cupid lips and her lovely smooth cheeks - a look of pure angelic innocence and no doubt a little sister of Finlay's!
I sometimes wonder how we would be coping with this situation if we hadn't started Forever Stars, would we be 'moving on' or would we be feeling immense frustration at the lack of anything to show for the time we had with our little girl.
Whatever the case, it doesn't really matter, we're well on the way to achieving something great in her honour, in partnership with hundreds of other families that have either been touched by tradegy themselves or are just grateful for what they have got. Let's keep marching on...