Autumn thoughts from our Patron Claire Macintosh

Autumn thoughts from our Patron Claire Macintosh

My first Silver Star baby has started secondary school. How has that happened? Surely just a moment ago he was a baby. Just a second before, I was pregnant. My second Silver Stars, a mere year behind him, are catching up blink-and-you’ll-miss-it fast, and before too long my primary school years will be over. Like many of you reading this, these milestones are tinged with sadness; with the loss of another Silver Star who should be donning his blazer and shrugging on a too-big rucksack, and walking shoulder-to-shoulder with his brother.

Supporting the Silver Star Society was an easy decision to make. From the bed my husband slept in when my second set of twins were born, to the television he watched with our toddler, the charity’s contribution to our family was evident from the moment I stepped foot on Level 6. The simple fact is that, without Silver Star, I would not be a mother at all.

If deciding why to support is easy, deciding how to support is a little harder. We all lead busy lives, and charity work can slip too easily down the agenda. This newsletter is full of supporters who have done great things to raise money, and I’m sure I won’t be the only one feeling overwhelmed by their achievements. Run a marathon? I can barely run a bath. Abseil from the hospital tower? I get dizzy on a slide. If you have ever felt similarly daunted, here is a list of ways you can help without leaving your armchair:

1. Read this newsletter

You see – you’ve already succeeded! Give yourself a celebratory Hobnob. Reading the newsletter keeps you informed of what Maggie and the team are doing, and how you might be able to help in the future.

Bonus point: encourage friends and family to subscribe too.

2. Donate

It’s a cliché to say that every little helps, but it really does. Could you spare something this month to make someone’s pregnancy run a little smoother? It’s easy to make a one-off payment at fundraising/silverstarsociety.

Bonus point: set up a standing order and make a small donation each month. You probably won’t notice the difference – but our Silver Star babies will.

3. Sponsored events

Silver Star supporters are running, climbing, abseiling and cycling all the time, and we couldn’t get by without their incredible support. Follow our Facebook page and we’ll share links to supporters in need of sponsorship – they’ll appreciate your words of encouragement just as much as your pennies!

Bonus point: think up an alternative sponsored event that you CAN get involved in. From coffee mornings and plant sales, to head shaves and non-uniform days, there are lots of ideas on our website.

Perhaps it’s the children going off to school, and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and new books, but the autumn always feels as much a time for resolutions as New Year’s Day does. If you feel the same, why not think about what you can do to make a difference to Silver Star Society funds? In twelve years from now, today’s level six babies will be putting on their oversized uniforms and walking to big school, and you’ll have played a part in getting them there.

Clare Mackintosh is a Sunday Times bestselling author, and patron of Silver Star Society. Her children, Josh (pictured, on his first day at secondary school), Evie and George, were all cared for within the Silver Star unit. Contact her on Twitter @claremackint0sh or via her website

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