Whenever anyone books a photoshoot with us, they become part of our ‘Amberlight Family’; if they are a newborn booking, their due date is noted in our diary, and we look forward to hearing the happy news when baby arrives with as much excitement as if they were our ‘real’ family! And when they return for a Baby Milestone session we love to see how they are growing up into gorgeous cheeky toddlers. So when we were asked to do a birthday photoshoot for a very special little boy who had been poorly, he was instantly warmly welcomed into our little ‘Amberlight family’.
With the help of his Auntie (as this was to be a surprise for Joseph’s family) we learnt about the friendly little animals who would be visiting Joseph as a special treat for his birthday, we then planned the photos we would take at his home, and how we would use natural light to capture memories of this special event for him and his family to treasure afterwards. Joseph’s 8th Birthday was firmly in our diary…
So we were very worried when a few days before his birthday, we were told Joseph’s health had deteriorated, and his birthday plans would have to be put on hold. But we hoped he would be better very soon, and were looking forward to meeting him and his family.
Sadly this was not to be, and we were given the heartbreaking news that Joseph passed away a few days later. We were devastated! We never got to meet little Joseph but his story touched us so much; we could not imagine the pain and sadness his family must be going through. Throughout this incredibly difficult time, Joseph, his Mum, Dad and little brother, were supported by Claire House Children’s Hospice who do the most incredible work for families going through the worst time of their lives.
It was around the same time that Jo heard she had been given a place to run in the 2017 London Marathon…she didn’t need to look far too find the perfect charity to run for – it had to be Claire House!
So at the start of this year, Jo began her training schedule in the build up to the big day – in memory of a little boy called Joseph.
Since January, Jo’s training has been going well, albeit incredibly tough as the distances have increased! But the aches and pains and tiredness are nothing to how Josephs family must feel, and thinking of him often is helping her stay focused as the miles ramp up.
So coming up very soon is the first big test of her fitness and training, as Jo is running in the Anglesey Half Marathon as her first ever experience of a race! If anyone would like to follow her progress on Sunday, 5th March, her race number for Anglesey is 1281. We will keep this blog updated with the results from Anglesey, and add more information about the London Marathon as we get closer to April 23rd!
We are going to be donating £5 from every newborn session booked with Amberlight Images between now and the day of the London marathon to Claire House! If you would also like to donate to Jo’s London Marathon challenge for Claire House Children’s Hospice in memory of Joseph, here is her Just Giving link.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about Joseph, and for all your support. It is much appreciated.
Jo & Jacqui
♥♥♥ Update 7/3/17, Anglesey Half Marathon ♥♥♥
I did it! On a very cold and extremely wet Sunday morning; the rain started just as we reached the start line on the beautiful Menai Bridge…and it continued relentlessly, all day! The stunning Welsh mountains were hidden behind a misty grey cloak. Like old friends, I missed them – I didn’t get to see them once. And needless to say, I was wet, everywhere! But running in a half marathon was… hmmm… exciting probably isn’t the right word, but it was much more fun than the long lonely training runs, and a great way to experience what its like to take part, a little hint of what running the London marathon may be like!
And you get such a lift on the day from other people! From the friendly and encouraging race marshalls who did an amazing job in that awful weather (If I was cold running, they must have been freezing stood still watching us run past). The other runners who would chat for a short distance while running at a similar pace, and friendly anonymous faces crowding round the finish, cheering you home! Finally, a big shout out to the event photographers on the day, several of them, at various points of the course – crouching under umbrellas, or with cameras ensconced in waterproof gear, who managed to get shots of everyone as they ran past! (I’m not sure event photography appeals to me! Think I will stick to beautiful newborns)
And my official time for the race? A very slow 2 hours and 36 minutes… but I was so so pleased. Photo below taken from the finish line by my sister-in-law, Joanne, who along with my husband and daughter, stayed to give me some amazing support even in the worst rain! xxx