There’s great excitement here at the Mum of 3 Boys house at the moment. The boys in particular are excited because we are off to watch Mike and Andy’s Tick Tock Time Machine in the next few weeks. All three boys are big fans of Mike and Andy and are always full of laughter after watching them on CbbC so to be going to see them live is very exciting for them. They have been so patient the last few months too as they have known about the trip since just before the Summer holidays so I’m not quite sure how much longer they can contain their excitement for.
I recently discovered that Mike and Andy are supporting the Lullaby Trust in Memory of Matilda Mae. I can’t tell you how much this means to so many people including Matilda Mae’s family. For me it shows yet again how Matilda Mae has touched so many people in her short life and that so many of us are standing side by side holding Jennie’s hand.
There are still dates in Mike and Andy’s Tick Tock Machine tour available which is touring throughout the Autumn and Winter. For those who haven’t heard about the tour here is some information for you about the show and why they are supporting the Lullaby Trust.
BAFTA nominated children’s presenter, Andy Day (CBeebies) and his comedy partner, Mike James, have recently revealed that they will be supporting The Lullaby Trust in memory of Matilda Mae as part of their autumn/winter ‘13 tour of Andy & Mike’s… Tick Tock Time Machine, which is due to perform at 11 venues across the UK from 29 Sept ’13.
After hearing Jennie Henley’s harrowing story, the duo were compelled to help. Jennie, a parent blogger (Edspire.co.uk) and former teacher fell pregnant with Matilda Mae in 2011. On 2 February ‘13, precisely nine-months to the date of her birth, Matilda Mae fell asleep, never to wake up again. Doctors later confirmed the cause of death to be Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Since her death, Jennie vowed to do everything within her power to raise awareness of SIDS and help prevent other families being torn apart as hers has been. With the support of family and friends, Jennie has taken part in various charitable events; one of which included a sky dive, whereby nine parent bloggers (one to mark each month of Matilda’s life) jumped from an aeroplane to raise money for the cause. All in all, Jennie has successfully raised in the region of £23,000 toward The Lullaby Trust and Bliss.
The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families and promotes expert advice on safer sleep, working to raise money for research into SIDS. Francine Bates, Chief Executive of The Lullaby Trust says: “We are delighted that Andy and Mike will be supporting The Lullaby Trust in memory of Matilda Mae to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death. Sadly five babies a week are still dying suddenly and unexpectedly in the UK, leaving hundreds of families devastated and without a medical reason for their loss. The Lullaby Trust is here to support them through their grief and to raise money for research which we hope one day will give them the answers they so desperately need.”
Jennie comments: “I’m a mummy who has lost her baby to this cruel and silent killer. Not a tiny vulnerable newborn, but a happy, healthy, mobile nine month old baby. Money is desperately needed to fund research into why babies and young toddlers die through SIDS. I’m excited that Andy and Mike have chosen to come on board and help support The Lullaby Trust in memory of Matilda Mae and I’m very much looking forward to working with them both.”
Andy adds: “We’re extremely keen and proud to support such a worthy cause and eager to help play a role in raising awareness and funds for The Lullaby Trust in memory of Matilda Mae. Jennie is a truly inspirational individual and we hope our efforts will make a difference”.
There’ll be opportunities at each performance on the UK tour for people to donate to the cause, as well as options to donate £3 by texting ‘TOCK13’ to 70070 or donate larger sums by visiting: www.justgiving.com/