Today we walked a mile in memory of Matilda Mae at the Rare Breeds Centre in Kent with Jennie, her family and friends, and many who have read her story and were moved to come along and show their support for her today, and to raise money for the Lullaby Trust. Many more people attended several other organised walks around the country, as well as families and individuals who walked a mile wherever they were and remembered babyTilda.
We walked around the woodland trail, through a sea of bluebells. They were so beautiful, and from now on they will always remind me of Matilda Mae.
Half way round, we stopped to collect a packet of seeds each. They had been hidden in the trees and in the notches of a totem pole. We are looking forward to planting them, and watching them grow. Another lovely reminder of Matilda Mae.
Towards the end of the walk, we came out of the woods and into the open. We walked back to the starting point, where there were pink and purple balloons for baby Tilda.
We blew bubbles for Tilda, and sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, accompanied by the violin, which the children then had the opportunity to play. Owl played Twinkle Twinkle Little Star beautifully, and Rabbit had a go as well. She looked like a natural and now can’t wait to join her big brothers at their violin lessons. It was a wonderful opportunity, and was one of the highlights of the day for me.
After a picnic lunch, we spent most of the rest of the afternoon in the two playgrounds which the children loved. Owl and I also watched a falconry display which was excellent. Then we joined the others to watch the pig races, and lucky Owl was picked to take part. Eight children, in pairs, had to steer four pigs to the finish line. Owl and his partner came third, and he commented that they had unfortunately been given a stubborn pig. (I’m afraid I couldn’t resist responding that I had been given stubborn children, so I knew how he felt.) We ended the afternoon with a rather quick look at the butterflies, rabbits, chickens, turkeys and other small animals, before setting off to have supper at Pizza Express. We definitely need more time to explore the Rare Breeds Farm, so we have already planned our next visit.
We had a wonderful day, and we are proud to have been a part of such a special event. We will always remember Matilda Mae.
Today, as well as the walk, the Matilda Mae Memorial Auction opened. This auction, run by Tots 100, is raising money for The Lullaby Trust, the trust that supports families affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and carries out research into preventing it. Please take a look at the auction, or you can also donate to The Lullaby Trust here.