In memory of Oli, please donate to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit
No parent should have to write this intro... and you certainly never think it'll be you, until it is.
Alex and my second child, a cracking 3.9kg boy named Oliver, was born on the 8th November last year. He was much longed for, and I had the most perfect, healthy and happy pregnancy. The biggest risk we thought we had was not making it to the hospital in time, as Cleo was born so quickly.
So we got there early, but in the first hour of labour, I had an unexpected and rare placental abruption and Oli didn't receive oxygen for a very long time. No extra risk factors and no symptoms, just crappy bad luck. After 6 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit of The Royal, he passed away in our arms from his injury.
He was everything we hoped for - such a handsome, brave and sweet little guy. We are heartbroken. But we're also resilient and in time, we know we will be OK.
We also know we are lucky in so many ways... being at the hospital meant that I wasn't in more danger, and we were able to get to know Oli for a short time. Whilst the outcome was horrific, we were lucky that he was cared for by a team of extraordinary doctors and nurses. They gave Oliver a chance, then they checked, monitored and responded to him every minute of those six days. It takes a very special person to work in the NICU - so talented, but also so kind. We had comfort knowing those people were with Oli, when inevitably we had to leave each night.
We are also lucky to have the support of you, our friends and family. It has been overwhelming to understand how wide this circle stretches around us and everyone who has heard Oliver's story has asked us how they can help. This is how...
Let's raise money in Oli's name to help the talented and kind doctors and nurses in the NICU. It's a public hospital, so they desperately need private donations to buy life saving equipment, like the ventilator that kept Oli alive. And they also need things as seemingly insignificant as comfortable chairs for parents to sit on all day. If you can believe it, they're scarce in a public hospital where funding is so low.
I'd like to think that because of Oliver, those doctors and nurses can do all that they can, with the very best equipment available. And maybe another little baby might go home.
So please give what you can and pass on to anyone who might be able to help. Then when you look up at the stars tonight, give a little cheer to the brightest one up there - that's our little Oli, our lucky star.
xx Georgia, Alex and Cleo
Thank you to my Sponsors
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Anne, Imran & Isla
What a great cause. Always here to help
Hi Georgia, Alex and Cleo We'd love to support you and this great cause. You are amazing organising this and supporting others. The stars always shine more brightly when the night is at its darkest. We will always look for your little bright star shining back in the dark night. All our love to your beautiful brave family.
David And Carol Brooker
Remembering Oliver forever. We love you. Carol and David
Janet & Simon
This is wonderful - to remember Oli in a really meaningful way. And for us to say how impressed and proud we are at the way you have both endured this horrendous experience and supported each other. Thank goodness for Cleo who is an absolute joy. We love you three and Oli, your lucky star (ours too).
Ben, Renee, Reed And Eden.
Love from Uncle Ben, Aunt Renee and cousins Reed and Eden.
With Love From The Zerna Girls Xxx
Words cannot express how much we love and support you all. Love the Zerna Girls and all of your family xxx (Barb, Beth, Megan, Bron, Katie, Robyn, Jill, Suzanne, Roxanne, Keryn, Julie, Jess and Georgia)
Primmy n I love you.
Clive And Murph
Georgia and Alex, sending all our love to you and your family. This is a wonderful thing you are doing. Your beautiful boy will be remembered always.
Sarah & James
Thinking of you all and sending our love xx
Jo Angus And Emily Ross
Our love and thoughts are with the three of you. Xx
Bec & Al Crawford
We are thinking of you both. Such a lovely idea to set up this fundraiser. You guys are amazing xx
Sending all our love and strength to you all. Rachael, Justin and James xxx
Georgie, Tim And Ava Xx
We’ll forever remember Oli. Sending you all our love ❤️
G, Al, and Cleo you are always in our thoughts, we love you guys all the way from Ireland and back again. Oli is part of our ‘PO’ gang now and always. We’re so sorry this happened to you guys and so proud to support you here. We continue to be in awe of your courage and strength. Sending the warmest virtual hugs until we see you in March. Clare, James, and Stevie. Xoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Shaun & Dianne
Hi Georgia & Alex. Our thoughts are with you.
From Lachlan, Rachel, Georgia and Sofia. We have been thinking of you.
This is a truly wonderful thing you’re doing. Thinking of you both. Paul
Kate, Rob, Alfie And Isla Xx
Love you guys xxx
Thinking of you, and wishing comfort and courage. Such a lovely memory to forever hold in your heart and remember Oli. xx
What a beautiful way to remember a beautiful boy, your strength has been inspiring and setting this up is testament to the amazing people you are. Wishing you all my love, it was lovely catching up the other day amd spending some more time with Cleo :) hold the Google spring picnic date for 2019!! Mike xxx
Base And Yok
In memory of your beautiful boy, Oliver. It is better to have loved him than to never had him at all. What an absolute spunk ! All of our love George, Alex and Cleo, love Base and Yok xxxooo
We will all keep an eye out for that brightest of stars and thankful that the great work of the NICU gave you those special moments with Oli. Hope this small donation supports their great work. Howard, Claire, Bella, Will and Ed.
Sending you lots of love and thoughts from Dubai xo
Charles And Bell Pocock
Love you always G, Al, Chloe and Olly!!
Kristy, Johnny & Flynn
You are in our thoughts and hearts always xx
Liz And Gav
Georgia and Alex, you are amazing. Our thoughts are with you xo
The Chapman Family
Sending you all lots of love x
Turen-ott And Turen Family
For beautiful Oliver. For the wonderful team in the NICU. With all our love, Elisha, Dan, Zachary, Julie & Harold.
Cam And Jan Angus
Love to Georgia, Alex and Cleo.
It was heartbreaking to hear of your loss. To find the strength to turn your adversity into a way of helping others shows how wonderful and compassionate you are. Lots of love to you and your shining star, Oli x
Very sorry to hear such sad news last night... best wishes and see you soon.
With love from the Caughey Clan Jono, Cass, Henry, Charlie & Max. Our heartfelt condolences. X PS - Apologies I'm late but so happy to contribute and support such a great cause and finally get you past your goal!
In memory of your sweet boy Oli - guardian angel to his sister and incredible parents. With love and support from Rich, Jenny, Jerry & Zoe xo
Amber, Jeremy, Laurence & Eleanor Rundle
Words can't express our deepest sympathies, you are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers especially your beloved Oliver.
To a wonderful cause. For a beautiful family. In honour of Oli. All my love. Jack.
The Airth Family
Thank you for sharing Oli’s story. He will forever be in all our hearts. Xx
My Stepping Stones Rose Bay
Dearest Alex and Georgia, We are in such awe with the ongoing strength and resilience you show on a daily basis. Oli's spirit will forever be in the MSS community and we are happy to contribute towards this organisation. Love your MSS Family.
Much Love Georgia and Alex from the Sparkes family
Lana & James
Sending lots of love and positivity your way. Such a lovely idea to set up this fundraiser x
All my love to you all...xxx
Lachy And Maria Angus
Hi Georgia, so sorry for your loss of young Oli. We can’t imagine the pain you guys have been through but our thoughts have been with you. We’d love to support this cause. Love Lachy and Maria Angus
Tim, Liz, Charlie And Tom
You guys are so brave and this is such a great cause. Sending lots of love x
Oh George my eyes welled with tears & my heart skipped so many beats. I know you would have been the most adoring parents to Oli in his short time in the world, and he would have known that. What a beautiful thing you are doing to help others who need their help. Sending you love, cuddles & all the strength you need. I’m off to look for your beautiful boy in the stars xxx
Dear Georgia, Alex and Cleo, sending our strength and love to you all. Your resilience is inspirational. Always Josh and Andrea
Anca Saves The Day
To Alex and Georgia, The starry night has forever changed for me as I feel the spirit of Oli around. I feel it shines brighter. I feel blessed to have your beautiful daughter Cleo shine so brightly around me and remind me to stop and love every moment in every day. Your strength as a family leaves me in awe and admiration. So much love to you all. Lots of love, Miss Anca xx
Hye Jin Kim
Such a lovely cause. Sending you all our love. Ben, Hye-Jin, Chloe and Callum.
Olivia And Piran Trethewey
We’re so utterly heartbroken for you all, and can’t imagine going through this, you sound like you’ve been the bravest and strongest parents imaginable, and Oli was surrounded by nothing but love. What a beautiful way to remember him always. We will make sure we do too xxx
All my love go your whole family. You’re strength is incredible Oli will always be remembered in the hearts of all those who love you. Xx
Your amazing family of four have touched our hearts forever X
Alexandra & Peter Cobb
Hope you are all keeping well. Sending our love. Alexandra & Peter xoxo
A cheer sent to the brightest star in the sky tonight. Katrena, Miro, Olivia & Luca xxxx
More than happy to help ❤️
What a heartbreaking thing for you to go through. And what an amazing cause you are raising money for. Sending love to you x
The Zerna Girls
A little more for Oli xx
Dearest Alex, Georgia and Cleo, A wonderful way to leave a legacy for beautiful Oliver. You are all in our thoughts. Sending you all our love, your friends from over the pond. Paul, Anna and Ayla.xxx
Ohhh Georgia I was devastated for you when I heard the horrible news from Ol and Amber! No words can make it better but I was happy to read (from your beautiful words) that you have great support around you. I am sure Oliver will be yours', Alex and Cleo's guardian angel and watch over you all. Sending love and strength xx
Thinking of you guys xo
So very sorry to hear of your loss Georgia. Sending strength to you and yours and trust the NICU will get some much needed equipment through your fund x