Special Announcement: Sydney2CAMberra donates Cuddle Cot for bereaved families
A message from our Event Director, Gavan Gordon:
After the amazing efforts across this entire weekend – we’d like to acknowledge and highlight the incredible fundraising efforts of this year’s Yellow Jersey winner – Craig Christie.
Craig has been a participant of the Sydney 2 CAMberra Ride for the past 4 years. Craig and his wife Heidi tragically lost their beautiful daughter Sarah to stillbirth at 24 weeks in 2016. They have been great supporters of our event to raise awareness for stillbirth and SUDI that affect families like theirs. This year as part of our Virtual event, Craig undertook a 150km two-day ride in the West Moreton region near Brisbane. This year Craig has personally raised an incredible $14,168!
To honour this incredible fundraising feat, Sydney 2 CAMberra teamed up with Bears Of Hope Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support to donate a ‘Cuddle Cot’ to Ipswich Hospital in Queensland which is named in honour of Craig and Heidi’s daughter Sarah.
Today, after his cycling efforts, Craig – and Heidi have travelled to the Hospital to present them with their Cuddle Cot. Please see these special pictures below, with a heartfelt video of thanks from the midwives at the hospital to follow.
Craig and Heidi understand the significant value these Cuddle Cots bring families after personally benefiting from the extra time it gave them with their daughter. As Craig relays:
“it is reassuring that other regional community families impacted by stillbirth will now have access to a Cuddle Cot in their time of need, just as Heidi and I did when our baby was delivered at Nambour Hospital in 2016”.
A Cuddle Cot is a gift of time and allows parents to make memories with their child – time to greet their baby, spend time and connect with the little person they have created, and time to separate and farewell their baby. It is an important part of the grieving process. Without a Cuddle Cot, stillborn babies would become too warm and it would limit the time parents could have with their child, so this donation is vitally needed in regional hospitals and gives parents the time they want and need to make memories with their child.
After his epic contribution this weekend, Craig had this to say:
‘I am proud and blessed to call you all my friends. I have done this event 4 times now and was deadset keen to win the Yellow jersey and wear the jersey next year. I will have to jump the border if need be (Queenslander!!). I will wear it with such pride as I know I am amongst amazing company of wonderful men and women, and very proud previous yellow jersey wearers. I have loved following everyone’s efforts this weekend, congratulations on your significant efforts and your creativity”.