A couple of weeks after our 20-week scan our welcome pack from Reach – The Association for Children with Upper Limb Deficiency arrived.
I leafed through a few pages before bursting into tears. At the time I hadn’t quite reached acceptance. The idea that I would likely be affiliated with this charity for the rest of my life was terrifying. I’ve been lucky enough throughout my life to have never needed a charity before and my first experience was shaping up to be a life-long one.
Since then, after countless members selflessly reached out to me in emails and in messages offering reassurance, a few words of support, an avenue of communication, I’ve realised how utterly wrong I was.
I couldn’t be prouder and happier to be part of the Reach community, albeit as a total newbie to the fold. I can only hope that in years to come I’ll be able to reach out to new members in the way others did for me. Such a simple gesture; such a massive impact.
Time to pay it all forward.
Our own Reach Baby isn’t with us yet and isn’t due to make her grand entrance for another 9 weeks, but I don’t think it’s ever too soon to say thank you. In my increasingly ungainly pregnant state, my similarity to the Rudstone Venus becoming ever more uncanny (thank you to my darling Ben for the comparison), I didn’t think I would be much cop at running the London Vitality 10k on the 10th July myself.
I put a post out on Facebook wondering if anyone else out there fancied the challenge of the 10k to raise funds for Reach. My hockey captain from Ross Ladies, Kim, jumped at the chance. We’ve not known each other for all that long (I only joined the club last Autumn) and her support, motivation and openness has already been amazing.
If you’d like to support Kim (and me in my armchair role!) in the name of our Reach Baby and the other amazing kids like her, please visit out Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/reachforthefinishline.
You can also track Kim’s progress on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/thoughshebebutlittle2016