Sarah Pettett

I'm doing this in honour of Amber

In November 2019, a friend and I walked past Ronald McDonald House in Wellington.  We talked about the need for such a place, but both commented along the lines of it being the worst possible place you could imagine needing as a parent.

A week later to the hour, my precious daughter Amber and I were on a Lifeflight plane to Starship Hospital.  In just five days she had gone from being a happy, healthy toddler to being critically ill.  Amber had developed Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS), brought about after being exposed to E. coli.  We lost our extraordinary little girl just over two days later.

In a different city and in the midst of any parent’s worst nightmare, RMHC looked after us.  This amazing organisation took care of our physical needs so that we could focus on Amber and our last hours with her.  They fed us, gave us a place to rest, and helped us to bring our family together while we tried to process what was happening.  The compassion and kindness we received during our short stay cannot be overstated.  

No one wants or plans to need RMHC, but the work they do is so necessary and so valuable. 

Amber should have been turning five this March.  I wish more than anything that she could be here to celebrate her birthday with us.  To go through all the emotions of sending her off to school and watching her find her place in the world.

Instead for the past two years, each March I have walked or ridden 420km and raised funds in her honour.  If 210km is the average distance a family will travel to a Ronald McDonald House, I want to get home again.





 

I have done 422km

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420km

Thank you to my Sponsors

$500

Sarah, Ben & Sophie

In honour of our extraordinary baby girl, on your fifth birthday xxx

$208

Robyn Pettett

Well done Sarah love you Amber

$208

Samantha, David & Everly Howarth

So much love to your family from ours. Amber's memory will always be with us.

$177.84

Georgia Pickering

$150.40

Kindercare Boulcott

Happy 5th Birthday, Amber, love from Kindercare Boulcott!

$104

Amanda Harrison

❤️❤️

$104

Catherine

❤️

$104

Jilly Fisher

There will always be a part of Amber with you always. Love to you Sarah, Ben and Sophie

$104

Lucie

With love to you and your beautiful Amber 💜

$104

Holden Family

You go girl! Amber will be so proud of you - a wonderful mum! x

$104

Rob And Kathryn Stewart

$104

Vhari

Top effort Sarah! X

$104

Hannah Stewart

Thinking of you all, and remembering the feisty, spirited and determined wee girl Amber was. Arohanui.

$100

Hilda O'neil

$78

Natasha Bastion

Well done Sarah and team. Amber would be very proud of her mama

$57.20

Jewelly Mcvay

$52

Paulsen Family

Remembering your beautiful Amber 😍

$52

Carl & Georgina Shann

Big love to you guys ❤️

$52

Amanda Frank

Another incredible achievement in honour of Amber. Much love to you all x

$52

Alison And Gerald Hateley

Sarah Kelly told Alison and I your story we have also been there good luck

$52

Jen & Piotr

Go Sarah! Lots of love xxx

$52

Andi

For Amber and her wonderful family

$52

Emma R

♥️

$52

Silva Family

For Amber ❤️

$52

Sarah-rose, James, Evan And Owen

Happy 5th Birthday to your gorgeous Amber! We remember our time there fondly too. We didn’t stay the night but they fed us and let us wash our clothes when I couldn’t get out of bed at the hospital. Best organisation ever xxx Thinking of you.

$52

Tredene Dobson

$52

Claire & Mark

Sending love and energy!

$52

Tim Wildey

$52

Kate, Tim & Quinn

With all our love x

$52

Amy

$52

Forrest Whanau

You are one strong wahine. Love to see you doing something so amazing to help others. Kia kaha and arohanui to all your whanau. Xoxox

$52

Megan And Liam Anderson

$52

Robyn

Dude, you're smashing this xx

$52

Kirsty

💛

$50

Sarah & Andy

Awesome achievement Sarah and a beautiful way to honour Amber. Much love from us

$50

Markham Clan

Thinking of you guys!

$34

Angeline O’grady

$31.20

Aviva

Keep up the great work Sarah and Family! An amazing way to honour Amber's memory. ❤️ from Canada

$31.20

Meg Waghorn

$26

Bronwyn & Emmie

❤🧡💛💚💙💜

$26

Bridie Henderson

What an amazing thing you are doing Sarah. ❤️

$20.80

Anonymous

$20.80

Anonymous

❤️

$20.80

Kelly Orchard

What an incredible thing to do to honour your wee kiddo and to help out lots of other families. You set such a huge goal. You should be incredibly proud of yourself. X

$20.80

Sarah Yarrall

$20.80

Mcauley

$20.80

Nadine Shapcott

💕

$20

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