After hearing a Interview from Mark Bell and his wife on BBC Radio Newcastle on the 21/09/05 I had a Idea (Having previously discussed radio interviews with Daniel Deakin).
I sent email to the BBC with the help of our boss Paul Scully-Sloan , striking whilst the iron was hot, so to speak.
I was really pleased that you covered Mark and Lynsey’s story on your show recently. Child loss has always been a taboo subject and anything to help #breakthesilence has a knock on effect in helping other Angel parents in their grief journey. In the interview Mark mentioned he was a member of Daddys with Angels, which I am one of the group administrator for.
Mark explained his experience of the group and i thought I would contact you to see if you would be interested in learning a bit more about our history, who we are, what we do and how we do it. Daniel Deakin, who is also a group administrator and I both live in the North East and would be more than happy to come in and talk with you.
Despite the group name we also offer support to mums and other family members and also support people who would not normally be welcome in other child loss groups, parents who’s children have been murdered, younger parents or those whos loss was many years ago, Last year Daddys with Angels won best UK support organisation in the Butterly Awards ( http://www.thebutterflyawards.com/ ) so we do have some kudos for what we do. It would also be an ideal opportunity for us to let Angel parents in the North East that we are there for them. Many Angel parents don’t actually know that there is some support available for them. I look forward to hearing from you
Daddys with angels Admin
I waited several days and finally got the reply I had wanted
Good Afternoon Warren,
Thank you for your email. We’d love to chat to you and Daniel on the show. Would you both be able to come in one morning next week or the week after?
We’d like to chat to you on air at 10 and you should be done by 10.45.
At the moment we have availability on most days
I look forward to hearing from you.
After a few emails and changing the date and several face time meetings with Daniel the day had come for me and Daniel Deakin to go on the radio,we were both very nervous. But we reminded ourselves that the bigger picture was something we are both passionate about .
The interview can be found on the below
Overall the feedback we received was excellent. We gained a few members following the interview, one new member sent this before joining
Hi i am listening to you on BBC Newcastle today and i think you are amazing i lost my daughter a year ago on the 3rd of this month and in a way i have never had help everyone I tried to speak to the hospital where useless.
The above comment really validated the radio show for us , even if it had just been 1 member it would of been worth it .
We are staying in touch with The BBC as we have now opened the doors for future shows