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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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!