Emma Bird


Winstons Wish the charity for bereaved children
At Winston's Wish we help children and young people rebuild their lives after the death of their mum, dad, brother or sister. This support enables them to face the future with confidence and hope. This includes: - National Helpline - Individual, family and group work - Training for professionals
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The Big Em and M Challenge

Emma Bird

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/emma_bird


Thanks for stopping by. I'm presuming you'll be wanting a quick rundown about what I'm doing and why. 

So here goes. 

Em. That's me. And I've been persuaded to get off my lovely, comfortable sofa and walk 60km - that's over 37 miles - across the undulating South Downs on May 11, 2013.

As for M, that's my older brother Matt. Or was. He hanged himself on March 30, 2009 and the moment I found out was the moment my life changed forever. The events of that morning are so vivid, I can recall every single detail from what I was wearing (my favourite tea dress) to what I had for breakfast (baked beans on toast). How do I know? Because those are the last care-free moments I can remember. The last moments of normality. Seconds later the phone rang and as I answered it, my world came crashing down around me, splintering into millions of tiny pieces.

It's taken me three years to get my life back on track. Unfortunately, I can't change the past but I can make a positive impact on the future and I'm doing that by raising £2,000 for Winston's Wish, the Uk's leading charity for bereaved children.

The day after my brother died, I took my nieces and nephews down to the village playground. Sitting on the swings with my seven-year-old niece, who was unquestionably Daddy's Girl, we talked about suicide, depression and how we were feeling. Suddenly our relationship was no longer about tickling each other until we were screaming with laughter.

For the next 18 months, whenever we went out she would grip my hand constantly. Like many children who experience grief, she was clingy and needed to keep me safe.

She's not the only one. Every 22 minutes a child in Britain loses a parent be that through suicide, illness, murder or an accident. Children need professional help to guide them through the toughest of times so they can grow up relatively unscathed. 

By walking 60km across the South Downs on May 11, I'm aiming to raise £2,000 for Winston's Wish. And that's where you come in. I'm not looking for big amounts of sponsorship because I think that's unrealistic when we're in recession. Instead, I'm asking you to donate just £1. And if 2,000 people do that, I'll have reached my target. 

So please, please, please think of those children coming to terms with life without a mum, dad, brother or sister and part with just £1. I'll be eternally grateful. And so will they. 

Emma x

UPDATE: Although I've reached my £2,000 target, I'm continuing the fundraising until September. Please continue to donate. Together, we really can change bereaved children's lives. 

You can read more about my brother's suicide in the piece I wrote for the Telegraph by clicking here.

Recent donors



12.05.13 I'm impressed by your determination :-) I think you did a good thing. Thank you ... see you soon


11.05.13 Good luck! Thinking of you, Emma!!



09.05.13 Emma, our hearts are with you with utter respect and admiration! Lots of love from this side of the world.

09.05.13 Hi Emma you're so hard and I Know tomorrow you'll do it successfull.

09.05.13 So proud of you my courageous friend. Good luck and loads of love. xxx




09.05.13 Good luck with the challenge Emma

09.05.13 Such a touching cause. Best of luck!

08.05.13 Good luck Emma!


08.05.13 Good luck! You are an inspiration! Xx



08.05.13 To Emma, Wishing you all the best on your long walk. Sadly I'm working all weekend, otherwise I would have popped down to Ditchling Beacon to say hello. Lots of love, Jamie, Tamsyn, Charlie, Teddy, Blossom and Daisy xxxxxx


08.05.13 Good luck emma


08.05.13 Walk the hell out of this challenge, Emma! xx


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