Tommy’s Mum’s Voice Award

After an especially challenging time recently I was bowled over when I received an email from Tommy’s to say I have been longlisted for the Mum’s Voice award.

The award, sponsored by Seraphine, is one of the categories at their annual awards (the ceremony will be held in March 2016).

The award “celebrates a mum who has spoken out about her own experience and given hope to others.”

What an honour to be thought of – I do what I do not for plaudits but to make a difference to the world in Hugo’s memory. There is nothing I can do to change what has happened to me, or to Hugo, but I can help improve the experience and outcomes for other women, babies, and their families.

I have been raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of HELLP syndrome; of premature babies and life for neonatal unit families; of the needs of bereaved parents.

I have written openly about living with grief, and of my very long and arduous journey to finding the support I need.

Being shortlisted would be an incredible opportunity to raise the profile of Hugo’s Legacy and #MatExp even further – and hopefully embed some of the changes needed in to ‘the system’ for the benefit of others.

If you would like to help me reach the shortlist, all you need to do is send an email to (with Headspace Perspective in the subject line) along with a few sentences about why you think I should be shortlisted.

The deadline is Wednesday December 23.

For more information on the Tommy’s Awards and the Seraphine Mum’s Voice please visit the Tommy’s website.

STOP PRESS! Since writing this post I was delighted to discover some very good blogging friends have also been longlisted – and with very good reason. Please read more about 23 Week Socks, PND and Me, Great North Mum, and Ghostwritermummy – and consider writing an email in support of their crucial voices, too!


Me and Hugo enjoying a cuddle.

2 Comments on Tommy’s Mum’s Voice Award

  1. Honest mum
    December 8, 2015 at 8:49 pm (6 years ago)

    Oh darling, I am so proud of you, you deserve this-this is what I have emailed.

    Lots of love x

    Dear Sir/ Madam,

    Leigh is an inspiration to us all.

    Her dedication in raising awareness on HELLP Syndrome and her commitment to gaining far greater support for parents with premature babies and those dealing with loss, has been vital to so many. Not only those directly affected, but also all of us, in how we can actively help those grieving and to be aware of how to reach out and offer support.

    A brilliant writer, her honest insight into the reality of living with grief, allows others to feel less alone, hugely comforted by her words, and more able to ask for the help and support they need and deserve both from those close to them but also front of line staff in the medical profession.

    Leigh deserves great recognition and this award, for her work and dedication to creating change.


    Kind Regards


    • Leigh
      December 9, 2015 at 6:13 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you so much Vicki – what wonderful things you have said. Thank you for your support of #HugosLegacy, it really does mean so much xxx


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