For those that follow our social media channels, you will no doubt have already seen the very sad news that our wonderful co founder Jen passed away on the 8th April.
The past few weeks have been difficult to say the least, I have and still am struggling to find the words that sum up just how much Jen meant, not only as a partner in all things little c but as the friend I would have been lost without these past 2 years.
Myself and Jen met back in March 2020, a few days before the whole world went into lockdown we had both separately travelled to Bristol, both looking for information and connections at a Breast cancer now event for young women with secondary breast cancer. We met for the first time at the bar on the first evening and instantly clicked, as if we had always been friends we spent the rest of the weekend chatting, attending sessions together, and exploring the city. Our friendship grew throughout lockdown, with regular virtual meet ups and phone calls, when restrictions began to slowly lift we were excited to arrange an in person meet up with our little people in tow. Eliza, Albie, Dylan and Poppy became friends as quickly as myself and Jen had and we enjoyed many more adventures and days out together.
Our friendship may not have been the longest, but I cant tell you how important our bond was, we supported each other through the hard days, shared a (sometimes dark) humour that kept us laughing in the face of adversity, we encouraged each other and celebrated each others wins however big or small they may have been. Jens zest for life was so inspiring, she instilled a self belief in me that I have never really had before, I never could have imagined all the things I have been able to do and achieve with Jen by my side lighting the way, and while she is no longer by my side I know she will continue to light the way.
The little c club could not have existed without Jen, her creative flare and brilliant illustrations literally brought our ideas to life, she was an absolute pleasure to work with and I was honoured to call her my friend. I am so very proud of all our achievements so far and despite a heavy heart I remain passionate and determined to continue with little c. Jens absence is hard to bear but her influence will never be lost, her ideas, incredible illustrations, shining personality, and love for life will be entwined with each next step, each new product and every new decision, while we work hard to reach more families and break down the communication barriers that surround cancer.
Thank you to all who have supported us so far, there is so much more to come.