It’s amazing how many generous spirited people there are here in Blackpool. People who do things for small and large charities, animals and people, and the people they live next door to.
Jemma Reed is one of the ones who has gone through a difficult time, but is using her experience to try and help others.
Three years ago Jemma suffered an ectopic pregnancy. On the 5th of September 2015 she’s hosting a Charity event called Walk a Mile in Our Shoes in aid of The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust, raising funds to help other women who have gone through what she’s gone through.
The walk starts at 2pm at Central Pier going to South Pier.
Jemma says “I’m based in Blackpool and the event will be held in Blackpool but one of the ladies helping me organise the event is from Preston and we’re encouraging people from far and wide to join in. We’ve got a lot of women travelling from various parts of the country to take part in the event and we’re hoping to get people on board from all over the UK.”
After the walk a charity night will be held that evening from 6pm until late at the Wainwright Club, 173 Hornby Road, Blackpool. Tickets just £12 from 01253 274199.
‘Walk a Mile in Our Shoes’ is a sponsored walk to raise funds for the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust. Jemma adds “the aim is also to raise awareness for this awful condition and to ask friends and family to walk a mile in our shoes and see how this condition has affected our lives.
“Also, I feel that through the grieving process we do forget how our partners feel, so by doing this one mile walk in their shoes we are showing we understand their pain. “
The Ectopic Pregnancy Trust helps women who have suffered from or are suffering from an ectopic pregnancy or a miscarriage.
It’s only a small charity and does not receive any government funding – it relies solely on donations. They help women via their online forum, helpline and Facebook support pages. They provide trained volunteers who provide support through a 1 to 1 mentoring scheme. They are carrying out research into the causes and effects of an ectopic pregnancy and are trying to raise awareness and save lives, as an ectopic pregnancy affects 1 in 80 pregnancies and five women die each year from an ectopic pregnancy.
If you would like to support Jemma’s fundraising you can make an online donation here