A MUM who lost her toddler daughter in a swimming pool tragedy is to take part in an icy challenge to raise cash for a bereavement charity.
Carolyn Turner and her husband Paul had been enjoying a day out by a friend’s swimming pool when their daughter Jessica drowned in 2008.
Carolyn, 40, said: ‘We were tidying up, ready to return home. We had replaced the cover on the pool, hung out our towels and had been back in the house for tea.
‘Jessica was playing in front of me and in the blink of an eye she was gone.
‘Frantically we searched for her, expecting to find her up to her usual mischief.
‘My heart was racing and panic was beginning to set in. Then my worst fears were confirmed as I pulled back the cover of the pool. Jessica, my little angel had drowned. She was 21 months old.’
After Jessica’s death, Carolyn’s sister put the couple in touch with Child Bereavement UK, a charity which supports families when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying.
Carolyn and Paul, who moved to Locks Heath last year, were so impressed with the help they received from the charity that they became active fundraisers and have so far raised £35,000.
Carolyn’s next challenge will see her head to Lapland on March 24 and complete a five-day dog sled through Lapland’s wilderness. She will be accompanied by her friend Louise, and together they will drive their own teams of huskies over 124 miles.
The pair will be responsible for the dogs the entire tour and will prepare their own food and sleep in wilderness cabins.
Carolyn said: ‘The death of a child is an unimaginable loss that no parent ever expects to face.
‘Never did I think that I would be so passionate about fundraising but the satisfaction and personal achievement we get from keeping our daughter Jessica’s memory alive is amazing.’
To support Carolyn, go to justgiving.co.uk/jessica2013.
For more information on Child Bereavement UK go to childbereavementuk.org.