Dead Babies and Seaside Towns

By Alice Jolly

A compelling memoir of stillbirth, surrogacy and seaside towns

Thursday, 2 October 2014

I am over 50%!! Thank you!!

Dear Shed Dwellers,


Yesterday was  big day because I reached the 50% mark.  That means that I've raised over £6,000 in less than six weeks - and all this for a book which is not (let's face it) about the easiest subject.

Thank you all so, so much.  As the pledges come in, I keep thinking that I will e-mail each person personally to thank them.  And I do want to do that.  But actually I reckon my time is better spent spreading the word further.

However, I am INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL to each and every person who has pledged and to all the wonderful people who have put the word out in so many different ways.  Also to Unbound who make all this possible.

You may know that on Monday there was a BBC Panorama Programme on stillbirths.  I didn't really feel able to watch it but I do know that it reveals that stillbirths can be cut significantly if you've got the right equipment and you're prepared to spend the money.  If my book makes that possible, I'll be so proud. 

I was always determined to get this book out there and I know now it is going to happen some how.  Just need to keep going .....


Thanks again,



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Jenny Doughty
 Jenny Doughty says:

I have a daughter who is struggling with infertility and failed IVF. She is 33 and seems to be surrounded by friends having babies, and of course notices every pram and bump she passes in the street. Currently she is investigating donor embryos. One of the things that makes life hard for her is the sense of isolation. I think a personal story like this will help her with that. I'm so sorry that you have had this issue to deal with, and thank you for sharing your experiences.

posted 2nd October 2014

Alice Jolly
 Alice Jolly says:

Dear Jenny, Thanks for the message. It has been really hard for me to raise the money for this book. It is rather like taking a scab off a wound again and again. But the one thing that has kept me going is that every time I get talking to people about these things they start to tell me stories. Either their daughter, or their sister, or their colleague at work. So many people battle with these questions but some how they their difficulties aren't seen. The losses are there but hidden. I wouldn't presume to tell your daughter what to do. But I would just say that our daughter is an egg donor baby and honestly that makes no difference to me and my family. If anything I think we love her more rather than less. I am sorry your family is struggling with this and thanks so much for your support.

posted 6th October 2014

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