Gemma-Louise Botterill

To those people who know me well, I am really not a runner... at all. However it is a personal goal of mine to become one. And what better way to give me motivation than to aim towards something that can really help. I am running for Kicks Count because I support their initiative to offer support to families during their Rainbow Pregnancy, a pregnancy following the loss of a previous baby.

Kicks Count have been producing Finding a Rainbow Bundles since mid 2018 and are providing them to families free of charge via registered midwives in the UK. Speaking about the project, Kicks Count CEO Elizabeth said:

"A rainbow pregnancy has so many mixed emotions, I couldn’t plan for his birth because I knew I might not bring him home. I loved feeling his kicks but I was petrified each one would be his last. I knew I wouldn’t relax until he was in my arms.
A lot of people assume a rainbow pregnancy is all joy and happiness. But it can actually be a very worrying and stressful time. I wanted to create something that would acknowledge how different a rainbow pregnancy is and hopefully offer some support.
I remember feeling quite isolated with my rainbow pregnancy as everyone was so excited for me but I was so nervous. I would have taken great comfort from the rainbow project had it been around at the time. I also think the book we have created is so valuable in explaining a previous stillbirth to a child, something I struggled to do."

It’s a great cause, and your donation will help them achieve even more. Donating is easy, quick and secure.

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Gemma-Louise Botterill