Our First Octavia Scholar

We have recently had some great news. The very first recipient of an Octavia Trust bursary has finished her dissertation for her master's degree. Not only that but she came top of her year, is having a paper published and will be presenting an abstract at a conference in America next year, and now wants to pursue a career in research.

We are so pleased with this result. We are a tiny charity, but this is a real tangible;e result, that has made a difference. Charities are getting a bad rap at the moment, but for charities such as us it is very difficult. We do not have employees or even volunteers such as professional fundraisers or PR people, we do not have a brand name and awareness, we cannot advertise professionally, we do not have our own premises. Literally everything is done from my kitchen table, sometimes I have even had my baby on my lap as I have been working and I make calls as I walk to nursery or make the beds. But I think this is what charity about, its about people realising there is a problem to be solved and trying to solve it. We do not need to be big to make a difference. We just need hard work and more importantly your support. So thank you.

Posted on October 7, 2016 .

Our posters!

Well, after much stressing about the design we finally got our images sent to WJ Harrison printers and last week they were ready to pick up. I have to say they looked amazing, really professional. Harrison's did an amazing job. I felt quite excited as I went into Lincoln to hand them out. That is until I actually had to go into a shop to ask if I could put the poster up or leave flyers. Then I felt sick with nerves! I need not have worried though, everyone was really lovely and a few even said they would think about attending! So if you are shopping in Lincoln any time soon keep an eye out for our "Roaring Twenties" charity ball posters.

Once again a big thank you to WJ Harrison Printers for donating the printing of the posters and for doing such an amazing job. cannot recommend them enough. Take a look at them here http://www.harrison-printers.co.uk/

 

 

 

Posted on August 22, 2016 .

Talking to the media

Well, the last few weeks its been a real learning curve. I am normally a rather private person, I don't do twitter or facebook and selfies have passed me by. Don't get me wrong I am very open person when it comes to chatting with my friends, and I a don't make a secret of Daniel's and my loss. I'm just not a person who shares readily with anonymous strangers, you know by doing an interview in the local press or on a local radio station. So to find myself sharing my most personal story, the loss of our little Octavia, to complete strangers was something of a turn around. 

When I called The Lincolnshire Echo  I really just wanted to talk about our upcoming charity ball, and gloss over the reasons we set up our charity. But talking to Caroline, the lovely reporter from the Echo, I realized that just wasn't going to cut it. People need to know the people behind the statistics. Its not enough to say that ten lives are lost to stillbirth every single day in the UK, I needed to tell people that my baby daughter was one of those ten, tell people how it felt to be told she had died and that there was nothing that could be done as it had already happened. And so I did, it was nerve wracking and I felt physically sick before the echo was published but the article was brilliant and the response from people was heartwarming. 

It made me realize how important local media were to our cause, so next up was a visit to Lincoln City radio. Buoyed by the confidence boost that talking to Caroline had given me it wasn't until I was sat in the chair whilst the presenter, Tony, introduced the news and next song that I began to get the wobbles. "what was I thinking? Talking on the radio, I am going to either dissolve into tears, or spend the entire time stuttering". Thankfully once Tony began to interview me it was fine. He was such a nice person it was more like having a chat with a friend and I felt completely at ease.

Thanks to these interviews I have opened up about our story on our website, and set up a facebook page too. I had been using Daniel's old facebook page, but I really got into facebook so ended up setting up my own page, so I can bore people silly with pictures of cute cats.

So I am glad I went ahead with the interview because I want Octavia's Trust to be a success, I want people to know how common stillbirth and late stage miscarriages are, I want people to know the devastation they cause to those behind. I want people to know that the numbers are not changing. That despite all our advances elsewhere, the rate of stillbirth has not changed for decades. This is not something society should be brushing under the carpet with platitudes like "these things just happen". Because the loss of a child should not just happen. And so I am going to keep talking to any media that will listen

http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/the-doctor-just-said-there-s-no-heartbeat-new-mum-s-stillborn-horror/story-29562409-detail/story.html

Posted on August 19, 2016 .

Our Second bursary

We are really proud that for the second year running we have provided a bursary for a student at Manchester university. I am hoping to soon create a page that provides more details about our "Octavia Scholars" and their research

https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/medicine/study/masters/reproduction-and-pregnancy/

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Posted on August 4, 2016 .

Octavia's Trust "Roaring Twenties" charity ball

We are very excited to announce that on Friday 18th November we will be hosting our very first charity ball. The theme will be the "roaring twenties" and its going to be a great night with a drinks reception accompanied by a fantastic vintage singer, a delicious three course meal followed by coffee, then a raffle and auction after which you can dance the night away to The Decent Chaps who will be playing a great selection of jazz to get you on your feet, but if that's not for you then why not take the opportunity to try your hand at some roulette in our casino.

Posted on July 27, 2016 .

Save the date - Speak Easy Ball

We are very excited to tell you that Octavia's Trust will be hosting our first annual ball on Friday 18th of November 2016 in the beautiful County Assembly rooms in the Bailgate, Lincoln. We decided to go for something a little bit different and so it will have a speak easy theme. More details to follow....

Posted on June 26, 2016 .

Now and the future!

It is our eventual hope to be able to fully fund a master’s degree in the area of stillbirth, but in the meantime we are aiming to maintain a yearly bursary of £2500. In order to do this we are now hoping to set up an annual fundraising event solely for Octavia’s Trust. We think that this is the best way to create a sustainable fundraising source to enable us to continue funding bursaries. So far our ideas include setting up an annual bike ride, so watch this space.

If you would like to offer support and help set up fund raising events, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Posted on May 25, 2015 .

Our First Bursary at The University Of Manchester

We've managed to secure the first stage of our bursary program in conjunction with The University of Manchester. Graduates undertaking the Reproduction and Pregnancy MRes can now apply for an additional £2500 towards tuition fee to help to strive towards further research and prevention research into stillbirths.

For further information in applying for an MRes degree in Reproduction and Stillbirth please click here.

Posted on February 25, 2015 .

A very big thank you!

One of our patrons Kristie married her now husband Ben this week and instead of the usual wedding gift list, they have asked for donations be made to Octavia's Trust instead. From this alone we have raised just over £1000!

This is a very generous donation and we can't be thankful enough for the kind gesture.

We wish them all the very best for the future and a wonderful honeymoon!

Posted on August 28, 2014 .

Tough Mudder

Our founder Kelly, one of our Patron's Kristie and her fiancé Ben took part in Tough Mudder West London on 25th April. Kristie and Ben finished the Tough Mudder course overcoming almost all of the obstacles including ice dips, the electric eel and the mighty everest! Kelly unfortunately had to limp back nursing a pulled muscle!

This was a fantastic fundraising event for us and we raised over £2000.

If you are interested in running an event such as Tough Mudder or any other obstacle courses currently doing the circuits, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Posted on April 30, 2014 .