Go Team Ella! - Royal Parks 2018

Published on: 13/10/2018

As we navigate our way through an incredibly busy Baby Loss Awareness Week this year, we are taking the time to say #isawyou to the different people who really do make a difference following the loss of a baby. This Sunday three runners will be #flyingtheflower for Team Ella by running the Royal Parks Half Marathon for MAMA Academy, including Ella’s Dad.

We don’t just want to say “good luck” for Sunday to the team. We want to say that we see you! We see the 5k up to 100 mile challenges you all set yourselves to make a difference to other families in memory of Ella. We see all of the awareness that you raise. We see the fantastic fundraising you achieve. We DON’T see all of the injuries, lost toenails, blisters, hours and hours of training you put in, we only see the photos of each amazing event, but we certainly know they will be there and can only imagine the time and effort put in.

Team Ella started over 7 years ago with a 5k group running event arranged by Dom, Ella’s Dad. He thought at the time that would be the end of it; that they had raised their money and made a difference already. But, 7 and a bit years later, the team are constantly growing and still going from strength to strength completing fantastic challenges and raising vital funds for baby loss charities across the UK. You only need to see the photos on their Facebook page to see the support for the Sunflower Army, as every week people are taking part in all kinds of events and raising money in memory of Ella.

Ella Gilvarry was born sleeping on 12th November 2010. Ella’s legacy lives on not just through the lives being changed with the money raised from events, but also in the awareness Dom raises. This year Dom has written such heartfelt words from a Dad’s perspective about losing Ella to show the cruel and harsh reality of stillbirth:

#BLAW2018 – The day Ella was born. My wife went through an induced labour on the Thursday and Ella was born on the Friday afternoon at 2.57pm whilst a special song was playing on the radio. I found it hard to be on a labour ward listening to new born babies cry, knowing we wouldn’t have that. The initial moment she was born was the moment my heart broke, I was shattered. My wife was exhausted from the ordeal and there was nothing I could do. I cut her cord, like I did with her sisters, she was cleaned, clothed and was perfect. So beautiful like her sisters x That’s the moment I fell in love with her. Held her, kissed her, stroked her chubby cheeks. We sat and spent the day with her, sounds strange but we smiled and laughed as we both held her, afraid of the moment we couldn’t, it was coming closer. #babylossawarenessweek #thereality 🌻

You can find more over on Team Ella’s Facebook page here. This is what the sunflower army run for. So other families don’t have to go through what Dom’s family have and wow, do they make a difference! We have the utmost respect for you all Team Ella. Thank you for choosing MAMA Academy as one of your charities to support. We know the funds you raise for us make a huge difference as just within the last month we have heard of two little lives saved thanks to the Wellbeing Wallets we supply. Something we couldn’t do without supporters such as you.

So, we will finish by saying a huge GOOD LUCK to Dom, Stephen and John for Sunday! We know you will all be amazing and can’t wait to see the pictures and hear how it went. Thank you again and go Team Ella!!