In a way it's hard to believe that it's nearly 6 months since my Dad died. Six months in which Master C has grown and changed from a small baby into a little boy with a personality all of his own. A little boy that sadly my Dad will never know. Luckily he did get to find out that he had a grandson before he died, and to meet him a handful of times, but Master C was only two and a half weeks old when he died and sadly he will have no memories of his Grandpa.
There's so much that I wish my Dad could have seen in these last six months. The little boy that's developing into a cheeky chap that I know he would have loved. Little Miss C being the devoted big sister that we always imagined she would be. Every day one of them does or says something that I just wish I could tell my Dad all about.
As I said at the time, he was in a way lucky. Thanks to Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield he lived for much longer after his initial diagnosis than anyone expected. He was able to see my sister get married, to see Little Miss C develop from a baby into a wonderful little girl, and to know that he had a second grandchild on the way. When I found out that I was pregnant for the second time I realised that there was a real chance that he might not get to meet the baby that I was carrying, but he did just manage to do so. For all these things I am so grateful.
I feel a bit useless in terms of what I can do to thank Weston Park for everything that they did for my Dad and our family. I'm not exactly made as a marathon runner and with the kids being so young I'm struggling to take on much other fund-raising work right now (although I promise that I will soon). When I heard about Direct Debit running their 100 good causes campaign I was in no doubt about the charity that I wanted to nominate.
From March until June Direct Debit are planning to give away £5,000 a month and it is votes from the public that decide how the money is divided up. The good cause with the most votes each month will receive £2,000, the runner up £1,000 and the remaining £2,000 will be divided equally amongst the runners up (20 for this month). I nominated Weston Park as one of March's charities and there's now just a week of voting left to try to get into one of the top positions.
For those of you that don't know, Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield is one of only four dedicated cancer hospitals in England. The Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity supports the hospital by funding pioneering cancer research and helping to improve cancer treatments and care for patients from Sheffield, all of South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire.
Please, please, please vote here for Weston Park Cancer Charity to help them to receive money from this campaign. Money like this could help them to help other families and to hopefully enable other patients to be able to share precious moments like this that they may otherwise miss. Thank you.
I miss you Dad. x