Friday February 20 is Hugo’s first birthday. He is not with us, so it will be a bittersweet day. Could you help us, by celebrating our little boy’s arrival in the world?
We are hoping to celebrate our little boy’s birthday in his absence. Hugo was a very special boy, who touched the lives and hearts of not only his parents, our family and friends, but strangers from all around the world too.
Martin and I are heartbroken and miss Hugo every single day. Knowing that Hugo will never be forgotten is a small source of solace. We would love the impact our son has made on the world to be shouted from the rooftops on Friday by getting #HugosLegacy trending on Twitter. We will need your help to do this – can you spare a few moments on Friday please?
Hugo was born at 11.19am, so it would be fabulous if we could all tweet at 11.00am.
All you need to do is to send a tweet including the #HugosLegacy hashtag. ‘Trending’ means that lots of people are tweeting about the same thing at the same time.
Friday is also a cause for celebration because his birth was uncertain. I was so sick (with HELLP syndrome) and Hugo was so small, there was a 50/50 chance that he would be stillborn, or die shortly after birth. The 35 days we had with Hugo were very precious and while tinged with sadness, we have so many happy memories of our feisty little boy who was so full of character.
In addition, Friday is also a day of thanks because the outcome could have been very different for me: I am fortunate to have survived, and physically unscathed.
It has been a good week for Hugo’s Legacy, on top of the developments that happened in the past couple of weeks.
We surpassed our original £500 fundraising target for First Touch, the charity for the neonatal unit at St George’s Hospital, where Hugo was cared for, on Monday. We were amazed, as we thought it would take at least until Friday to achieve that target. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has made a donation, Martin and I are very humbled by your generosity.
The donations mean that the original fundraising aim of the DVD players and headsets has now been met, which is fantastic. The information films really will be a massive help to parents. I doubled the fundraising target because the unit always needs things to help the babies in their care – it is all put to good use. It would be incredible if we could achieve the target by Friday – but this is going to be an ongoing venture in Hugo’s memory.
Our fundraising was the subject of a lovely article in the South West Londoner newspaper that also gave justified praise to the staff at St George’s Hospital.
Last but not least, an open letter I wrote to the staff who cared for Hugo was published in the Huffington Post earlier this week. I am astonished at the impact it has had. The letter is a heartfelt thank you to the unit for everything done for Hugo. While we sadly were not able to bring him home, we know everything possible was done, and we know how much the staff cared for Hugo.
All this activity has been a welcome distraction during this difficult week. There are teary moments of course – that’s ok, and it is to be expected.
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for all the love and support people – friends, family and strangers – have sent us. Thank you too for your continued support of Hugo’s Legacy.