“In memory of Oliver Michael Mark Young for Remember My Baby because they provide smiles in sad situations.”
By Dwayne McKenzie
As a child I always wanted to do something for charity, and as an adult I’m a football coach giving something back, but really wanted to test myself and do something raising money.
Whilst in 2016, I and my wife were excited about expecting the birth of our second child a little girl, very close friends of ours who were also excited about being parents for the first time had just been given the news that their child had Potters Syndrome.
Potter’s Syndrome, is a rare condition that affects the growth of the kidneys. The baby’s kidneys fail to develop properly whilst they are growing inside the womb because the kidneys aren’t able to produce amniotic fluid during the pregnancy which is vital to the development of the baby’s lungs. So the baby’s lungs are very underdeveloped and is unable to breathe outside the womb when it is born. Our friends Jess and Aaron were devastated to receive the news that their baby boy would be born with no kidneys and no bladder.
The worst thing that any human can experience in my eyes is losing a child. You don’t expect to lose your children. It was a long few months for them as they awaited the birth of their baby boy. However the one thing I will never forget is seeing pictures on social media of their little baby boy Oliver. He was perfect in every way. The pictures were amazing, and LOOKED no different to the pictures of any other healthy newborn baby. The couple were understandably heartbroken, but they had pictures of their little boy gifted to them by the registered charity ‘Remember My Baby’ that they will cherish forever and this was priceless.
When Jess and Aaron decided that they would hold a charity fundraiser for baby Oliver, I decided to jump at the chance to raise money for a charity and really wanted to raise such for Remember My Baby. So I posted on social media asking if anyone wanted to join me and four friends said yes without hesitation.
I thought about doing a 5k, then 10k, then decided on an 18k race. A JustGiving page was set up, and regularly shared on local selling pages, community pages , football club pages, basically anywhere where it would raise money and awareness for this fantastic charity.
Then on 6th May 2017, myself , Sarah, Monika, Nicola and Cosima set off. The route started from the Queen Victoria Hospital in Herne Bay to Cliffsend Village Hall in Ramsgate where the charity fundraiser was. Whilst Monika and Sarah went at their own pace, following the route, I steamed ahead with Cosima and Nicola.
Sarah and Monika completed the 11 miles, but I managed to get myself, Nicola and Cosima lost. So we completed 15.5 miles in total along with two dogs. We faced stinging nettles, vegetable patches, busy roads, wooden obstacles and bushes, but it was well worth it.
By the time all the money comes, myself, Sarah, Monika, Nicola and Cosima will have raised a massive total of £1650.25 including the gift aid for Remember My Baby in memory of baby Oliver.
On behalf of myself and my team, it was an honour to have achieved it and play a part in a special day which raised over £6000.00 for charity.
A massive well done to Remember My Baby and all that you do, providing parents with the most precious memories during the saddest of situations.