In August 2010 my partner Liz and I lost our beautiful daughter Ruby Elizabeth Mary Reynolds after just a few precious hours.
Only someone who has lost a child can truly know the utterly devastating effect this has on parents and those around them.
We became aware of a charity called Jack’s Rainbow which was set up by Lucy Herd who has been campaigning for an increase in bereavement leave since the sad loss of her son Jack, also in 2010, just one day after we lost Ruby.
In May 2015, Lucy launched a campaign to raise money for a static caravan to give families a place to spend some time to learn to smile and laugh again and create new memories, somewhere to escape everyday life completely free of charge. And the one she has found is at Haven Perran Sands in Perranporth, Cornwall – which, amazingly, is where we went for a few days just after we lost Ruby.
They are hoping to raise £25,000 (they are just over half way) and I want to do all I can to help Lucy reach her target.
I decided to launch a series of sporting challenges and events. Sport has been a constant source of enjoyment and motivation in my life and has always provided me with a large circle of friends and social activities. This seemed like the obvious theme that I should follow.
I really hope my family and friends understand the reasons behind me doing this and fully support me in my goals:
1. To increase awareness of Jack’s Rainbow and the campaign to increase bereavement leave.
2. To raise funds until the caravan is successfully purchased.
3. To organise a range of sporting events and challenges that will provide enjoyment for as many people as possible
4. To have as much fun as possible doing this!
Thanks to Liz and our sons, Henry and Jack, for supporting me in this and to all my family and friends for their encouragement.