I was going to write a post about sibling rivalry today. I€™ve been thinking a lot about siblings and how they do, or don€™t, get on, and hoping our imminent fourth addition to the family will get on with the existing three. But squabbles in the back seat of the car suddenly didn’t seem so important after I read something incredibly moving in British Mummy Blogger’s weekly email newsletter.
The item was about a British bloggers€™ charity venture in aid of a small and worthy charity. The team, including bloggers Dan Hughes at All That Comes With It, Jo Beaufoix and Insomniac Mummy, are gearing up to walk the 84-mile long Hadrian€™s Wall footpath this July to try and raise £20,000 for The Joseph Salmon Trust. The charity was set up by friends of Dan Hughes. One night, they put their three-year-old son Joseph to bed, happy and well. The next morning, they went in to get him up to discover that he had passed away in his sleep.
The Trust has helped the family find a way of coping with the loss of their son. As Dan puts it, €˜Joseph is no longer able to make a positive impact on the world, so they wish to do that on his behalf€™.
The Joseph Salmon Trust provides financial support to families who have lost a child. This is often to help out with funeral costs. Many parents facing such an unexpectedly tragic event simply don€™t have a large amount of money at their disposal, and therefore face getting into debt. The Trust also enables the self-employed to take a little time off work in order to grieve.
The valiant Hadrian€™s Walkers have organised a raffle to support their fund-raising efforts, with some fantastic prizes, including a Keycamp break, digital camera and Fortnum & Masons hamper. Tickets cost £1 each (and bloggers who post about the raffle will get two free tickets €“ and I promise that if angels & urchins blog wins, the prize will be straight on eBay to raise more cash). Read about the prizes and how to buy tickets here.
Go on, you might get lucky – and every pound will go straight to a charity that is 100% run and funded by volunteers, with admin costs covered by a corporate sponsor.
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