Gemma always knew she wanted to be a mum. When she and her husband Nick, who met more than 15 years ago, had difficulty conceiving, Gemma did as she always does: she came up with a plan and she made it happen. We first met Gemma along that journey and we had the joy of watching Gemma’s dreams come true when her son, Huxley, arrived.
Huxley, from the outset, was a little go-getter. Bald as a badger for his entire first year of life, he learned to crawl about 5 minutes after he was born and from that moment on he was off and racing, with Gemma or Nick following close behind.
Gemma switched into motherhood mode in the way we expected her to – with an ease that we never had, a calmness that remains inspiring and a general attitude that ‘what will be, will be’. Huxley, unsurprisingly, flourished.
Nick quickly became the kind of dad who was responsible for peels of laughter and cheeky smiles. Forever up to mischief together, Nick dreamed of teaching Hux about his love of camping and all things outdoors, and it became clear very early on that Hux was going to grow to become just like his dad.
From the moment Hux was born, we all knew that Gemma and Nick would have more children. Despite requiring some help from science, they were both so obviously born parents. And, when Gemma announced her second pregnancy in 2020, we all celebrated with them. Baby 2 due in January 2021! A shining beacon of hope after a rough year.
But 2020 was not done yet. On the eve of Halloween, Nick suffered a sudden and intense heart attack. In the early hours of Halloween morning, Gemma was told that nothing could be done for Nick, and she was forced to say goodbye to him. Nick and his family had just celebrated his 40th birthday in August.
In the period that has followed, Gemma has demonstrated a strength of character that makes it very clear that Huxley and the baby on the way are in good hands. Gemma’s love for her children has doubled in size and, despite only being able to see their dad through photos and videos from now on, those children will never feel any less loved than if he was with them.
It is now our time to look after Gemma. Gemma and Nick had recently bought a house for their family and have a large mortgage. In the immediate term, Gemma will need time off work to look after Huxley and to come to terms with her new reality. In January, her baby will be born and she will be taking maternity leave. She has funeral costs, the mortgage, Huxley’s preschool, and living expenses while on maternity leave to cover. We ask that you give generously to support this beautiful family while they are grieving.
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