I couldn’t believe it when I logged on to my emails to find a ‘Team Jess’ running track in my inbox, written and performed by my very talented colleague and friend Trevor, with backing vocals from his wife and daughter too! Wow! Whilst not his normal style (this is not Trev’s first performing venture!) the quick beat will help me keep going when the going gets tough… especially round those hills in Sheffield! Thanks Trev, you’re a legend!
One of my favourite Jess memories was how everything was ‘super….’. “I’m super super super excited”, “It would be super super good if….”. It was possibly the most over used adverb in our house! So it only seems right to label our latest achievement as Jess would: super super smashing! In only 5 days we’ve smashed our target and raised over £3k😀. I am bursting with pride and know just how valuable this will be to Children with Cancer UK. Amazing as this is, Jess also liked to push the boundaries, so we’ve decided to keep going and see what more we can raise for a fantastic cause… or should I say super!
Just like my beautiful ‘Jessica Roses’, which are growing at an alarming rate of knots in the garden, our fundraising is in full bloom! I woke to a lovely figure of over £2,000 on the current JustGiving page, which is just incredible given we’ve only been raising for the last 36 hours. 😀 Team Jess are in full training mode now (although we are hoping for swift healing of various knee and toe injuries – no pun intended!), and even saw some keen team members training late last night and early this morning – that is dedication 😀
Well after an exceptionally great start, we’re already at £1,000! I’m blown away, speechless and incredibly thankful. And as if that wasn’t good enough, a couple have people have been in touch to ask if they can join Team Jess, as well as to talk about other fundraising ventures in memory of Jess …..hopefully more to follow on this second point soon 😀
When Jess passed away, we didn’t get a chance to properly thank everyone who helped us. So this week I’ve been sending some thank you cards out. They all come sealed with a tear or three. Whilst you learn to live without Jess, it never gets any easier.
Whilst Jess was in the hospital playroom, she loved nothing more than to paint. Thanks to the help of a printer, they’ve made rather nice thank you cards I think…. and it reminds us all to always look for the rainbows when it rains 😀
Welcome to Team Jess, a website dedicated to one of my very most favourite people in the whole world, who aged 8, was taken suddenly by the side effects of Leukaemia. This website aims to document ‘life after Jess’, from the fundraising, to the memories, to the day to day challenges of losing a child. If you would like to get in touch, you can email me at email@example.com.