About

Hi, I’m Leigh.

I’m an award-winning writer, campaigner, digital influencer, communications professional, coach, and a mummy.

Leigh

This is me with my other half, Martin.

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Leigh and Martin

I’m an empty-armed Mummy writing about life after the death of my son Hugo. He was born in February 2014 when I was just 24 weeks’ pregnant because I had the rare, life-threatening pregnancy illnesses HELLP syndrome and pre-eclampsia.

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My cheeky Hugo

My precious super champion boy fought so hard for 35 days, but his lungs were not developed enough. I am an incredibly proud mummy of a tiny boy with such a huge personality.

Hugo with his Mummy and Daddy

Hugo with his Mummy and Daddy

Me and Hugo

Me and Hugo

After Hugo’s death, it was difficult to find the support I needed – to read about women who had been through a similar experience. I write to celebrate Hugo’s life, and as a cathartic way of dealing with my grief. I am passionate about raising awareness of HELLP syndrome, premature birth, bereavement, and related issues. I call Hugo my ‘little star’, hence the star motif throughout my blog.

 

The focus of my blog is about moving forward after trauma and loss. There is nothing that can be done to undo what has happened, so I am exploring what is helping me in the hope that it helps others too. As well as posts about trauma and grief I write about what makes me, me – such as pretty things, dresses, and shoes.

 

 

Please consider helping fund my work with Hugo’s Legacy.


Successful Posts

Some of my successful posts include (in terms of comments, as well as page hits):

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The Facebook Motherhood Challenge

Creating Precious Memories: Baby Bereavement Photography

An Open Letter to a Recently-Bereaved Mother

Moving Forward, Not Moving On

Empathy Vs Sympathy: Why the Difference Matters

The Bloggers’ Hierarchy of Needs

The Letter From the War that Shattered the Peace


My Achievements

I am very proud to have won the Tommy’s Mum’s Voice Award in March 2016.

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I was honoured to be a finalist in the Best Writer and Outstanding Contribution categories in the MAD Blog Awards 2015. I was shortlisted in the Author/Blogger category in the 2014 Butterfly Awards and in the Inspire category of the 2015 Brilliance in Blogging Awards.

In 2015, I was named by the HSJ as one of 50 Patient Leaders, in their first-ever list.HSJ

I am a blogger at the Huffington Post.

My posts have been in the spotlight on a range of websites – you can see the full range in my Featured In page.


Related Work

Please also take time to visit the website I have set up in Hugo’s memory – Bright in Mind and Spirit. The aim of it is to improve information and communication in healthcare settings, as well as help others enhance their personal wellbeing.

I originally started this blog in 2013 as a showcase for my writing. You can find my pre-Hugo work in the archived features section.

How we tick, what makes us happy and the steps we can take to achieve our full potential fascinate me. I am a leadership and performance coach, and love learning about human behaviour.

In addition, I am a Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Accredited PR Practitioner.

The site is called Headspace Perspective because it gives me a space to deposit and sort out all my head’s thoughts – and hopefully give me a new perspective on them. It’s a concept based on the fundamentals of coaching practice.

If you’d like to get in touch, I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at headspace-perspective@outlook.com, or Tweet me at @leighakendall. Do also visit my Facebook page.

Thanks for visiting!

 

17 Comments on About

  1. how2hope
    August 18, 2015 at 12:09 am (2 years ago)

    Leigh, I’m so sorry for your loss.

    I ended up in the hospital at 23 weeks +2 with pre-eclampsia. We made it to 26w + 1d before my son was born. We spent 166 days in the hospital with him but he died without coming home.

    The NICU is such a foreign world to people. I’m so impressed with the work you are doing to improve things for parents with a loss.

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    • Leigh
      August 18, 2015 at 3:44 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m so very sorry for your loss. Preeclampsia is a devastating illness. Thank you for your kind comment xxx

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  2. evelynhart14
    June 4, 2015 at 8:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Leigh,

    I have a friend who has recently lost her little girl, Darcy, who had fetal growth restriction. She spent 27 days with her. I am trying to be there for her for whatever she needs and offer her an outlet whenever I can. Are there any tips or things that those around can do? I want her to remember Darcy and always feel she can speak, laugh and cry about her. It’s heartbreaking to see someone you love go through this. Love to you and your family. xxx

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    • Leigh Kendall
      June 5, 2015 at 9:44 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Evelyn, thanks for getting in touch. I am so sorry about the loss of your friend’s little girl, Darcy and send my deepest sympathies. Darcy’s mum is very fortunate to have such a considerate friend. I would say as you have written, make sure your friend always feels as though she can talk, laugh and cry about her daughter. Sometimes just being there – not saying anything – can be what is needed. Sometimes going out to do something else can be what is needed (though steer clear of saying things like ‘let’s cheer you up. Understand that grief is forever, your friend is forever changed by her loss, and that there will be lots of ups and downs along the way. There are many posts in this blog that may help you and her, please feel free to have a browse and share. Lots of love to you and your friend xxxx

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    • Leigh
      August 9, 2015 at 5:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you xx

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  3. hayley walker
    January 30, 2015 at 11:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Leigh what a beautiful site I too have a very similar story to yours I got hellp syndrome at 24 weeks in a twin pregnancy my daughters were born shortly after with Alisha my youngest living 3 days and Ellie my other daughter living for 3 weeks.i was and still am truly devastated by losing them. I like yourself try to raise awareness of prematurity by campaigning for bliss special care baby charity. And run a page https://www.facebook.com/pages/premature-and-precious/424658921016416 on facebook if you want to take a look. You recently followed me on twitter thankyou for that I am at the moment new to the raising awareness online and am trying to build up followers on twitter and likes on facebook page so your support means alot. So sorry to hear you lost a child too and suffered HELLP syndrome its an awful thing with life changing effects although not under the best circumstances its nice to connect with you I have struggled to meet anyone who shares a similar story to mine. Wishing you all the best for the future Hayley x

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    • Leigh Kendall
      January 31, 2015 at 2:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Hayley, thanks so much for your comment. I am so sorry for the loss of your Alisha and Ellie – what beautiful names. HELLP is just ghastly. It is nice to connect with another HELLP survivor and bereaved mother, although of course I would rather we are not acquainted! Raising awareness of prematurity is a good way of redirecting our love isn’t it. I’ll check out your Facebook page xxx

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  4. annarosemeeds
    January 10, 2015 at 6:53 pm (2 years ago)

    It breaks my heart what you have gone through, and I am so very sorry. Your blog is a beacon of hope for many, I am sure. Thank you so much!

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    • Leigh Kendall
      January 11, 2015 at 10:18 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your kind words, and for taking the time to leave a comment xxx

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  5. vicky19820
    November 4, 2014 at 1:59 pm (2 years ago)

    Have only stumbled across your blog today and felt compelled to say hello and say how touched I was when reading about baby Hugo.

    I had severe pre-eclampsia in my most recent pregnancy but feel incredibly lucky to have my baby with me now (he was born at 31 weeks, and I had previously been give steroid injections to help his lungs). I always feel incredibly fortunate, but even more so when I read about stories such as yours.

    I wish things had worked out differently for your much loved baby Hugo, but think you are incredibly strong to use all of the hurt in a way which raises awareness.x

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    • Leigh Kendall
      November 4, 2014 at 7:55 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your kind words. As a fellow pre-eclampsia survivor, I know you know how terrifying it is, and how grateful I’m sure you are to have your little boy with you. Writing this blog is my therapy, and way of keeping Hugo’s name alive xxx

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  6. Johanna Henriette
    October 15, 2014 at 8:13 pm (2 years ago)

    I just popped in at your website a few weeks ago and just needed to say that you are such a amazing woman in so many ways. All respect to you and all that you do. I am a Swedish woman who almost gave birth to my son at week 27 due to incompetent cervix. With ten weeks of strict bedrest and a lot of IV-fluids I had him at week 37. My story is nothing like yours, but my story changed my whole world and my perspective on pregnancies and motherhood. I am grateful everyday for my little son. People are afraid of asking me and talking to me about my pregnancy and complicated delivery, just because I had it different compare to what’s normal. Many people are afraid of talking about things that is different, you described it so well in one of your texts.
    You are an inspiration to many woman. And a beautiful mom to a beautiful son Hugo, I wish things was different for you and your Hugo.
    I send you hugs and support from Sweden and wish you all the luck in life, you deserve it so well.
    /Johanna

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    • Leigh Kendall
      October 18, 2014 at 10:43 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. I’m pleased you got to take your baby home. You’re so right, people are afraid to talk about what is different, but by being open about our experiences I hope we can change that and help women like us get the support we need. xxx

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  7. Jamie
    September 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Leigh,
    I have a very similar story to yours. As a matter of face you’re one of the few I’ve found with a similar story. I developed full blown HELLP syndrome at 25 weeks 5 days and my precious Malachi was born. He lived for 127 days. His story is at
    http://www.wifemommywork.blogspot.com

    would love to connect with a fellow HELLLP survivor.
    All my love
    Jamie

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    • Leigh Kendall
      September 26, 2014 at 5:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Jamie, thanks so much for getting in touch. HELLP is so rare there are precious few of us thankfully but it means it’s so good to connect with someone who has a similar story. I’ll pop over to your blog so we can keep in touch.
      Sending lots of love, Leigh xxx

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  8. Brodie
    April 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog in Chrome, it looks fine but
    when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, very good blog!

    Reply

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