Fundraising news // 7th April 2021
We spoke to Jeremy’s wife Kerry about his life.
Fundraising news // 7th April 2021
During the hot summer months, as a student back in 1988, Jeremy Baggott – also known as Jez or JB would walk the sands of Sandbanks beach clearing it of litter, soaking in the sun’s rays and generally enjoying life. Three years at Essex University followed. Yet, every summer he returned home to clear his beloved sands. It was also while at university that he met his wife Kerry and upon graduation went on to carve a successful career in the insurance industry working in London and then, in 2007, Dubai. He became a devoted father to his two adorable little girls, Charlotte and Emily, and life in Dubai was good. Yet, all that changed on 3 March 2018 when JB, aged 48, was diagnosed with myeloma.
Jeremy then made it his mission to get him and his girls’ ‘home’. After a frantic few months of hospital treatment and packing up their lives, they left the sand dunes of the desert and headed home to ‘Jeremy’s beach’, setting up home in Alum Chine, Bournemouth.
Following a stem cell transplant at University College London Hospital (UCLH) in August 2018, Jeremy and his family were taken under the care of Bournemouth Hospital which enabled 18 months of remission. Almost every day, in all weathers, Jeremy and Kerry would walk hand in hand along the sands. Often, they’d walk along to Sandbanks to rekindle those beach cleaning days and wander around the harbour.
“We were at our happiest walking along the beach and the beach was the perfect playground for the four of us. After all these years it was still his happy place,” recalls Kerry.
Sadly, on 27 November 2020, Jeremy passed away at home with Kerry, Charlotte and Emily by his side. Since Jeremy passed away Kerry has tentatively returned to their beach.
“I thought it would be sad, but surprisingly it’s not. I feel him everywhere. Being there makes me happy as I feel closer to him. Jeremy died knowing we were living and settled in his safe haven. He wanted the girls to grow up here, just as he had done.”
Since his death, Kerry set up a JustGiving charity page to raise money for Myeloma UK. In the first week, it raised more than £10,000 and has currently raised an incredible £15,600. This is in addition to the £6,100 that Kerry raised running the Bournemouth Half Marathon in 2018.
“Myeloma UK gave us so much support during this difficult time. This money will go towards supporting patients and their families affected by this disease and more importantly, it will fund research into finding a cure. Jeremy would be so proud of the amount of money he’s raised. The girls and I have so many ideas of how to continue to raise money for Myeloma UK. My youngest Emily is walking a marathon in May and has raised over £9,000 and I am in the process of writing a book. Raising money to help others, and ultimately find a cure for this disease, gives us a lot of comfort and helps ease our grief just a fraction.
“While life is incredibly painful right now – and probably always will be to an extent – I and the girls are determined that, for Jeremy, we must live our best lives, otherwise myeloma will have killed us too and it doesn’t deserve the privilege.”
The family would like to thank the incredible staff at University College London Hospital (UCLH), Bournemouth Hospital and, particularly, Dr Helen McCarthy for their loving care of Jeremy.
To make a donation and pay tribute to Jeremy, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kerry-baggott2 or to contribute to Emily’s walking marathon please visit (https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/emily-baggott3
Myeloma UK would like to extend our thanks to Jeremy’s family for allowing us to share their story and for supporting us in Jeremy’s memory. If you would like to raise funds in memory of a loved one please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0131 557 3332.