Fundraising In Friend’s Honour


Local Darfield women Liz Spence, Shona Johnstone and Becky Gerritsen, along with Lexie Bryant from West Melton and Rachel Jones from Ashburton are keeping their friend’s memory alive and continuing her work. Tai Dixon, was a Canterbury midwife, who sadly was killed in a car accident at West Melton at the beginning of June. Tai had spent her working life supporting underprivileged women but her passion was to help and assist women and their families grieving from a stillbirth.

The group are hoping to continue their friend’s legacy by raising funds to set up a trust in Tai’s name. The women are currently training hard with the goal of running in the Dunedin Marathon on September 1st to fundraise for the Trust. The group commented that running had helped them all deal with some of the grief following their friend’s death.

“Tai was passionate about helping others, whether it be in a time of grief, through a difficult time, or just if you needed a chat after a bad day,” said Liz Spence one of the fundraising group of friends. “She would always make time for you. Tai was fun, outgoing, adored her children and loved spending time with her family and friends. She had a trip planned in July back to the UK to visit her family which she was so excited about,” Liz added. Tai’s family have received a lot of support from the Darfield community since her passing and her husband Scott  commented that this had restored his faith in humanity.

About one in two hundred pregnancies ends in a stillbirth – (losing a baby after the first twenty weeks). Death before twenty weeks is considered a miscarriage, which is deemed ‘fairly common’ –  one or two out of every ten pregnant women miscarry.

To help with raising funds go to: #runforTai Givealittle page.

 “Raising money towards funding a room for mothers of still born babies by running in memory of    our beautiful friend, Tai Dixon.”