The Love You to the Moon and Back challenge is fundraising for four amazing charities. They are:
- The Aplastic Anaemia Trust www.theaat.org.uk
- The British Heart Foundation www.bhf.org.uk
- The Jack Hazeldine Foundation (The JHF) www.thejhf.org
- Sands www.sands.org.uk
Whilst in the Army in Sept 2007 Merv was admitted to hospital and diagnosed with 𝐕𝐞𝐫𝐲 𝐒𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐀𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜 𝐀𝐧𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐚, a rare life-threatening auto-immune disease that stops the bone marrow from producing blood. Merv was given 9 months to live. After 8 months of unsuccessful treatment to save his life it was decided, as a last roll of the dice, that a bone marrow transplant was possible. Merv had a match, the transplant worked and a forever grateful Merv was told to go out and enjoy life.
The Aplastic Anaemia Trust is the only charity in the UK focused on allied rare bone marrow failures specific to aplastic anaemia, and supports patients & their families through this rare disease
In July 2018 Merv & Beccy’s youngest son Teddy was born with heart failure. Teddy underwent open heart surgery whilst still very little, and is fed by a nasogastric tube. Luckily it is a heart defect that can be managed, so he can live a normal life at home. Teddy has banding around his arteries and has multiple operations ahead of him, but he is firing on all cylinders regardless!
The British Heart Foundation raises money to research cures and treatments, so they can beat heartbreak forever
Local to Merv, The Jack Hazeldine Foundation aligns with Merv’s belief in role models and support systems for children. As a son and a father to three boys, Merv knows his family is lucky, but that other children know hardship too well.
The fourth charity chosen to benefit from this campaign is Sands, the stillbirth & neonatal death charity.
Merv says “𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘰𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘴. 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘦, 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘣𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨-𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮 𝘯𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘦 𝘢 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘯𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘦. 𝘛𝘦𝘥𝘥𝘺 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘕𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘐𝘊𝘜 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘧𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘧𝘶𝘭𝘭𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦.”
Sands works in partnership with health care professionals, trusts and health boards and offers a range of neonatal training programmes and bereavement care resources to ensure that every bereaved parent and family receives the best possible care wherever they are in the UK.
We have 6 months to get to the moon and back.
To raise money for everyone we love.