A GROUP of bereaved mothers including one from Cirencester have climbed Mount Snowdon in bid to raise awareness for SUDC UK
12 bereaved mothers, including Tamzin Maynard from Cirencester, banded together to climb an actual mountain in recognition of their virtual mountain climbed every day since their children died unexpectedly without explanation.
Tamzin lost her child Jude Loscombe who died suddenly aged seven with no explanation to this day.
The group set up the Mount Snowdon climb in aid of raising funds and awareness for charity Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood UK – SUDC UK.
Despite varying levels of fitness and preparation, every member of the group summitted via the challenging Pyg Track route in just 4.5 hours, each carrying a symbol of remembrance for their child that they placed on the peak.
Tamzin said: “”I climbed to honour Jude and all the children who have been taken by SUDC and to help raise awareness of an important charity.”
Nikki Speed, CEO of SUDC UK, who lost her child Rosie also at the age of two said: “There is nothing quite like looking another parent in the eye that truly understands the impact of losing your little boy or girl so suddenly and not knowing why.
“Coming together to climb this mountain gave me immense comfort and hope. We would have done anything to save our children and together, we are determined to inspire the support needed to save other children’s lives and stop SUDC. Through research and awareness, we will find answers.”
The group and the charity’s aim is to fund research into potential explanations for their children’s deaths thus preventing others, and to highlight this growing but vastly unsupported phenomenon with the aim of receiving funding and policy support from Government.
SUDC is when seemingly healthy children unexpectedly die, often in their sleep, and without explanation, despite post-mortem tests and hearings.
It was through SUDC that the band of mothers found each other, providing each family with support and independent testing and research for their children.
More children between the ages of 1-9 die as a result of SUDC than fires, traffic accidents and drowning
A sudden unexplained death in childhood occurs every 1-2 weeks in the UK.