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Walk The Jack Kennedy Walk

We've organised a bit of a walk this Easter to raise much needed funds for The Brightest Star 🌟. We will walk the John Muir Way (coast to coast) leaving Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland at 11am on April 14th Scotland, hopefully arriving into Dunbar on the east coast on the evening of the 22nd April. I'm joined along the way by members of the Casualty Cup Charity, Northumbria Walking Group and industry colleagues and friends. If you care to join us for one day or the whole walk please call me on 07740 717672 or pm here for details. If you can't make it please click on our donate page below to make a small donation to help with the vital work that this charity does, providing bereavement support to families. Please like and share. Thank you
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Training Event

Delighted to be a speaker at this event in Edinburgh on 24th March 2017.
We really need to improve the services that we provide for bereaved families and we can only achieve this by working together.
The Foundation for Infant Loss Training do great work with professionals across the U.K and I'm sure this course will prove invaluable for professionals across Scotland.

All details are on the attached flyer.

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Ambulance Aim Update

Lots more drawings and discussions on the family ambulance today πŸ’™πŸŒŸ
Brightest Stars initial dream is starting to become a reality and I couldn't be prouder. Prouder of Jack, Brightest Star and all of you who donated to make this possible.

I wish this service had been available when I was losing Jack but thanks to him, we can change the future for other families.
If this stops just one family from being separated from their son or daughter in their hour of need then it's wo...rth it's weight in gold but sadly I know this ambulance will need to be used by hundreds of families.

As I watched the air ambulance and helicopter land at the base today, i took some time to think about the work that our paramedics and pilots do. In reality, they put their life's in danger to save our life's every single day, whether that's travelling at high speed in a road ambulance, flying an air ambulance or helicopter. The work they do is nothing short of outstanding and sometimes their work goes unnoticed so, I for one want to recognise and commend the work that they do on a daily basis.

Here's to a long and successful relationship with Scotstar and the Scottish Ambulance Service πŸ’™


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Save The Life Of A Child In Your Area

If I only I knew then what I know now.

In that past, I would always see first aid courses advertised in work or online but I very naively thought that I would never need to go to one. I naively thought that nothing would ever happen to my son and I very naively thought that I would never need to know those lifesaving skills. I feel so sad that it took losing Jack for me to understand the severity of viruses and temperatures and the importance of calling 999 and being able to perform CPR in the minutes after a child stops breathing.

After my son Jack dying, providing parents, siblings, carers and the general public with Emergency Paediatric 1st Aid courses is one of Brightest Stars Aims. Together with the very skilled, compassionate and professional Ian MacKay, we have developed a Brightest Star 3 hour (max) Emergency Paediatric 1st Aid course that covers the areas that we see as the most crucial and beneficial to those with a child in a life or death scenario.

From personal experience and the feedback from people who attended last year, I can assure you that by the end of the course, you will be better equipped to save the life of a child should you find yourself in that unfortunate position. You may come to a course and never have to use the skills that you learn, but, you might just be the one person that comes to the course and needs those skills to save the life of your own child.

The feedback from our courses in 2016 was extremely positive so this week I will be planning dates and venues for Scotland in 2017. If you would like to attend a Brightest Star Emergency Paediatric 1st Aid course then please comment on the post below with your area.

Courses are open to anyone who wished to attend, you may wish to come alone, bring your friends, organise one in your workplace, school or community group. Each course can take a maximum of 12 people and a £30 deposit is required to secure your place on the course.  This covers the cost of the trainer and the venue should people not attend on the day. However, should you wish, this is £30 refundable on the day you attend the course.

Be sure to share this post, not just the video with all of your Facebook friends and let’s try to provide as many people as possible with the skills to prevent as many child deaths as we can.


Arlene, Jack’s Mummy xxx


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Could You Help Us?

Most of us will have returned to work today, the diets and fitness regimes may have started and you may be looking for a challenge in 2017. Brightest Star might just have the challenge for you...why not join Jacks Army in 2017 by taking part in one of our events? There is the:

Womens 10k - you can walk, run or jog
Mens 10k - you can walk, run or jog
Tough Mudder
Mini Mudder for the children
Santa Dash
Great Scottish Run- you can walk run or jog
Family Mile
Color Me Rad 5k

If none of these are for you then why not come to our Brightest Star Ball or arrange your own fundraiser, we have had cake sales to dress down days, race nights to football matches, children’s sponsored walks to mountain walks and climbs, the choice is yours.

As a charity we rely SOLEY on donations, we don’t receive any government funding so we really need your help to keep supporting families affected by the loss of a child of any age, from any cause of death. This year we are delighted to be funding our dream of a family ambulance so we really do need your help more than ever.

The saying EVERY little helps is so true so why not share this post and tag some of your friends in this post and see who you can get to join Jacks Army. The link below shows the dates of all the events.

I am sure i speak on behalf of every family that we have supported when i say thanks for everyone’s support this far. Without you, your fundraising and raising awareness, it would never have been possible to provide all the support and memory boxes.


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