Many of you won't know me much, I'm an old member, moved here in 2007 with my husband and 2 daughters, Emily and Sophie. Bought a house, two dogs, got a job, the usual ups and downs.
My youngest daughter Sophie was in an accident in January and after a week on life support in intensive care, we were told there was no hope and we had to have her life support switched off. She was 15 years old and our world has ended. Our family is broken. We are grieving deeply for our daughter, our baby, and in Emily's case, her sister.
We have been truly humbled by the love and kindness we have received from dear dear friends here, people who have become family. Some have cooked us endless meals, others just held us while we were in the hospital - using their precious personal leave to do so - and others you can imagine. My brother and sister flew to be at our side to help us and we are indebted to all of them.
We feel a strong need to say thank you to Flinders for all their care of Sophie. They were amazing, so skilled, so professional and the respect and compassion with which they cared for our precious precious girl took our breath away. Their care gave us a week to be with Sophie that we otherwise would not have had. Time to hold her, talk to her, read to her, brush her hair, kiss her and finally to say goodbye with love and hugs around her.
A card or a letter doesn't quite seem sufficient for us. So we are walking the City to Bay (from Adelaide city centre to Glenelg) on 16th September. It is 12kms and we are doing this to raise money to donate to Flinders in memory of Sophie. We have specifically asked that money be divided between the Intensive and Critical Care Unit and also to medical research for epilepsy. We are fortunate in that we have company for the walk - currently there are 43 men, women and children joining us for part or all of it. Some of these are past or current members - guzzler, monaghans, donnat, aggies, stoo, sarahlikesshopping, nick11, louismum etc etc.
However, I am here to ask for your help, please help me say thank you to the hospital who treated my daughter. Some of you will work at the hospital, and some of you will go there either for treatment or to visit someone else. You will know of the importance of this matter.
If you would like to support us by making a donation, then please can you go to the webpage below. There you will see a picture of my husband and myself with our wonderful girl so you'll know who we are. My name is Elizabeth Warner. You can choose whether to nominate a particular person to sponsor. If you have any queries, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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