Monday, 4 November 2013

A Day Of Love - The Matilda Mae Welly Walk #MMWellyWalk

Just over 9 months ago a community was rocked.

Family and friends were heartbroken.

And a family was torn apart.

I still struggle to believe what happened to Matilda Mae. I always knew life could be so painfully cruel but I never realised just how much until I heard the news that lunchtime 3rd February.

Baby Tilda's death has had such an impact on so many people. Not just family and friends of Jennie but strangers who heard about what's happened.

I've mentioned briefly before just how much of an impact it had, and continues to have, on me. TC is just a month older than Tilda. Whenever he does something new I feel happy but a part of my heart aches a little...I struggle with my emotions knowing that a friend is missing her baby girl with every part of her body and soul. Each and every milestone lost. Never to be.

I'm going to openly admit now that I've been struggling lately. You will notice that I have been absent from my blog. Even though I often find blogging therapeutic I haven't wanted to blog a 'woe is me' post. Why should I be so sad? I still have my baby boy. My life is good. I should be happy, right?

But like many people far and wide I can't help it.

I've known the Welly Walk was coming. I knew that the date was such an emotional milestone for Jennie. The day her baby girl has been gone for longer than she was alive.

It's been pulling at my heart.

We put our names down to go to The Welly Walk pretty much from the start. I knew we couldn't miss it, despite the distance from home. I wanted to be there. To see Jennie again, to show our support, to honour baby Tilda and raise more money for The Lullaby Trust.

It was an incredible day.

It was a sea of pink and purple. Stars and hearts were everywhere. Family and friends pulled together to help Jennie create something truly amazing.

Something beautiful.

Just like Matilda Mae.

I spoke at the end of the day about how Tilda had witnessed love in abundance in her short life.

That love was evident everywhere on Saturday.

It completely filled Beale Park.

You could see it in every look. Every smile. Every tear.

I don't need to go into detail about the day. I think the few photos I'll share speak for themselves.

Family, friends and strangers created something very special on Saturday. Every person there, every brand and everyone who couldn't attend but showed support through donations, tweets and messages should be very proud.

Very proud indeed.

Matilda's legacy lives on and this is just the beginning!

So many families. So many friendships. So many memories. 

So much love.

All because of one special little girl.

Matilda Mae
2nd May 2012 - 2nd February 2013
9 months here. 9 months gone. But never forgotten.


Michelle Twin Mum said...

I love picture of Jennie reading to all the kids, fabulous. Mich x

disqus_dIRjNoslsp said...

Oh my gosh! it was lovely. Reading this has opened the flood gates again! Lovely post and great photo's. Matilda Mae was born on my 1st borns 4th Birthday xx

Susanne Remic said...

This is a lovely lovely post Heather. I am in floods of tears. I hope you know how special you are to me xxxx

Molly @ Mother's Always Right said...

Absolutely gorgeous post and photos. Beale Park is about 15 mins from where we used to live in Berkshire, I know it well. I can see how it would make the perfect setting for such a special and memorable day, remembering such a special and memorable little girl. x

Ramblings Of A Suburban Mummy said...

Beautiful post xx

sarah said...

This is just beautiful. It looks like such a special day. Your photos catch the emotion perfectly xxxx


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