Thanks to Barrie McDermid of Podcastrevision ltd for a generous donation at Henry’s garden today

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For all of our Mums who’ve lost their children 💔

What is Normal after your child dies?
( Written by A Grieving Mother )

Normal is having tears waiting behind every smile because your child is missing from all the important events in your life.

Normal is feeling like you can’t sit another minute without getting up and screaming, because you just don’t like to sit through anything anymore.

Normal is not sleeping very well because a thousand what if’s & why didn’t I’s go through your head constantly.

Normal is reliving the day your child died, continuously through your eyes and mind, holding your head to make it go away.

Normal is having the TV on the minute you walk into the house to have noise, because the silence is deafening.

Normal is telling the story of your child’s death as if it were an everyday, commonplace activity, and then seeing the horror in someone’s eyes at how awful it sounds. And yet realizing it has become a part of your "normal."

Normal is each year coming up with the difficult task of how to honor your childs’s memory and their birthdays and survive these days.

Normal is a heart warming and yet sinking feeling at the sight of something special your child loved.

Normal is having some people afraid to mention your child.

Normal is making sure that others remember your child.

Normal is everyone else eventually going on with their lives.

Normal is weeks, months, and years after the initial shock, the grieving gets worse, not better.

Normal is not listening to people compare anything in their life to your loss, unless they too have lost a child. Nothing compares.

Normal is realizing you do cry everyday.

Normal is being impatient with everything and everyone except someone stricken with grief over the loss of their child.

Normal is sitting at the computer crying, sharing how you feel with other grieving parents.

Normal is being too tired to care if you paid the bills, cleaned the house, did the laundry or if there is any food.

Normal is asking God why he took your child’s life instead of yours.

Normal is learning to lie to everyone you meet and telling them you are fine. You lie because it makes others uncomfortable if you cry. You’ve learned it’s easier to lie to them then to tell them the truth that you still feel empty and lost.

And last of all…

Normal is hiding all the things that have become "normal" for you to feel, so that everyone around you will think that you are "normal."

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Thank you to everyone who voted for us by voting in R//evolution Marketing’s Christmas campaign – we’ve just received £250! Thank you R//evolution

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Tara Ellis reading to Ahlam Abdi in University College London Hospital Paediatric Oncology Ward. Our second storytelling project is looking great!

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#worldcancerday2018

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So sad to think that this was a year ago and that the wonderful Kieran is no longer here 😞

Spent a lovely afternoon with this fantastic family – the Maxwells. They’re going through so much but made me SO welcome. (Thanks for the hugs Lissie x)

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This week’s Advertiser!

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Meet Amy Norton (and brood!) Amy is helping us with fundraising thanks to #mac_security

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Caitlin Tempest, one of our Young Leaders, gave a £100 donation earlier this week. Part of the proceeds of a bake sale. Thank you!

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Garry Henderson is helping us again. He writes…..On 19 may I will be playing in a veterans rugby game once again
Like last year it is to raise money for Henry Dancer Days and held at Kingston park home of Newcastle Falcons
The day includes a bunch of old fat lads bumping into each other then followed by Washington RFC club dinner. There will be a raffle and auction
I am looking for a few things to help the event
A couple of old wingers would be appreciated
Match sponsors, anyone giving a 3 ( or 4 ) figure sum will have their logo on the match shirts and in a possible match program
General sponsorship money. All donations are going to a fantastic cause
Raffle and auction items
Feel free to give generously and if you know of companies who might like to sponsor us point them in my direction please

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A happy morning in the Great North Children’s Hospital. Sophie with her penguin and our Pottery Lady!

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Henry Dancer Days updated their profile picture.

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Henry Dancer Days updated their profile picture.

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