Cheryl Jones had to face the heartbreak of giving birth to her stillborn baby girl, Sophie, on September 2, 2009.
The local woman had made the exciting trip through to the hospital with her partner at the time, Robert, when she began to feel contractions after a 37 and a half weeks pregnancy.
What Cheryl and Robert didn’t know at the time, was that their precious baby had passed away. When she was initially taken for a scan at the hospital, she was given the devastating news.
Cheryl told the Buchanie: “The contractions which I thought were feeling were so bad that I joked to Robert saying we would have to pull over for me to give birth in the car. This was Robert’s first child and my second and we were on our way to the hospital as expected new parents.
“When we arrived they took me straight for a scan and I could tell something wasn’t right with the way the doctors were looking at each other. They called for a specialist who turned to us and said sorry but there was no heartbeat.
“We were both heartbroken, and because the pains I thought were contractions weren’t, the doctors had to induce my labour, and we went through the rest of the day knowing the outcome wasn’t what we had hoped for.
“Thankfully the doctors we had were so helpful, and everyone gave us so much support. Our midwife, Marie, stayed with us the whole day explaining what was going to happen.”
It was after Sophie’s stillbirth, that Cheryl discovered SANDS, a nationwide charity dedicated to supporting bereaved parents and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies lives.
Cheryl said: “It’s because of SANDS that we got to spend time with Sophie. In the past, babies who were stillborn were taken away from parents straight away. But now, parents are allowed up to 24 hours with their baby, photographs are taken and hand and footprints are copied as well.
“So it allowed us to come away with some memories of our precious Sophie.”
Cheryl is grateful Sands for supporting her over the past year, and in return she is hoping to raise £10,000 for the charity.
Ten of her friends will be running alongside her for the Edinburgh half marathon in May this year. She also has friends who got waxed for charity in October, and shortly, Mhairi Greig and Roisin Carter will be bravely taking the plunge and raising money by doing a skydive.
There is also a Sands calendar for 2011 which is available to buy at Symposium, the Waterside Inn and Nuffield Health Fitness and Wellbeing Centre, Aberdeen.
Donations can be made by going to www.justgiving.com/cheryl-jones0
All fundraising expenses are being covered by Andrew Polson of AMC Engineering in Findon meaning 100% of the money collected goes directly towards Sands.
Cheryl said: “I’m so grateful for all of my friends who have been involved with fundraising. Mhairi and Roisin are very brave, I definitely couldn’t do it! I’ve had such overwhelming support and in just two days we’ve managed to raise over £800. I initially wanted to do the fundraising to keep myself occupied, but I didn’t anticipate the amount of people getting involved. I just can’t thank everyone enough.”