As any parent can vouch, having children is a rollercoaster ride.
I am a very proud father to four energetic girls. I’m incredibly lucky that my girls are all fit and healthy, although I know how helpless you can feel when one of them is hurting even in a relatively small way: a knocked head; a broken bone or an achy fever. The dad’s feel it too.
As Father’s Day approaches I find myself considering that unimaginable situation of having a child with a life threatening or terminal illness. Not knowing if your child will ever get better, or knowing that they never will.
I am an immensely proud supporter of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, a charity that helps families caring for a seriously ill child. The charity provides emotional and practical support wherever and however it is needed.
Fathers often feel a pressure to be the strong ones. Rainbow Trust can help by supporting every member of the family – even the ‘strong’ silent dads.
This Father’s Day please join me in supporting this charity and making a £3 donation by texting 70111 or visiting www.rainbowtrust.org.uk.
Ex-England Rugby player and Rainbow Trust Ambassador