Coaches often talk of big life-changing transformations.

But there’s one question that literally saved a life.

The life of my son, Noah.

Like many setting out to have children, it never goes quite like the movies. For those who have ended up on the IVF route, it couldn’t be further from what you imagined it to be. This was our path – 5 years of fertility treatment, hope, loss, and heartache.

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

By the 4th round attempt, there was no more hopeful excitement during the 2-week wait for results. It was a case of getting it “over with”. The 5am test was taken: bleary-eyed, I looked. No line – just a smudge. Failed. It was what we’d come to expect but still went back to bed dismissive but disappointed. The positive test line was a shock when we awoke!

Early pregnancy was filled with anxiety: the constant fear of another loss. It was horrific. But as time passed, we could finally dare to believe – we were having a baby.

Years of heartache and financial ruin could be set aside. And as the nursery preparations took shape, we expected the worst was behind us.

How wrong we were!
15th April 2019, Noah was born after a 40+ hour labour and a traumatic birth. But the day of discharge finally arrived with a sense of anticipation: our baby was coming home.

There’s one question that I’ve asked in my life that will never be as important ever again!

“Is his breathing okay?”

It was a stupid question. Small things have faster respiratory / heart rates: I knew that.

We were about to leave the hospital ward midday; if we had gone home, it would have been too late!

Initially someone checked and said Noah might have a bit of an infection, so gave him antibiotics. It wasn’t serious but because the hospital needed to administer another dose later, he had to stay another night.

By 5am, Noah was on life support. The beeping and flashing of the monitors were a direct contrast to the tiny, motionless body covered in wires and breathing tubes. Noah had sepsis and pneumonia. It was as serious as it could get.

Noah had to be transferred to a specialist hospital for the UK’s sickest children and we were told explicitly to “prepare ourselves” as it was a reality that our baby could die enroute. As the disconnection from his life support machine to the portable ambulance one took place, I heard the words “You have the airway, no matter what!”

Noah was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary and remained on life support in an induced coma. Overnight we’d joined a new membership – parents of critically ill children. And from that moment, our lives would never be the same.

Thanks to the utterly brilliant team at LRI, Noah won his hard-fought battle to live his life. He celebrates his 4th birthday tomorrow. His spirit of confidence, adventure and courage form the mantra at the heart of Mapleleaf Vision:
“I help unfulfilled people who are lost or stuck at a crossroads to find their right path, so they have the courage to live a life they’ll love.”

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I first worked with Will whilst I was a junior member of a teaching team. I worked closely with him for around three years and he became a true mentor to me. During this time Will helped encourage me to discover my own leadership style and he mapped out what it takes to be successful. I highly recommend Will for life and career coaching.

Will is a professional, natural leader who manages to make you feel at ease. He manages to be both emphatic and encouraging, whilst also managing to challenge you to find your own answers. Will’s approach is totally non-judgmental and the sessions are really focused on you and on what you want to achieve. Working with Will has allowed me to address challenges I was facing and he brought a wealth of resources and practical tools to help me set goals, clarify my values, and explore avenues right away. Even though I left teaching 5 years ago, I still seek out Will for his help and guidance and I appreciate his versatility as a thought partner, ally, and coach. Our sessions are always productive and efficiently run, which is perfect for someone who is juggling many priorities! Will brings great communication, professionalism and quality to his work and I highly recommend him as a life/business coach.
- Jamie T (Leadership Coaching)

Highly recommended

I am so glad I found Mapleleaf Vision! Will has been super supportive and understood exactly what I needed to help me to redirect my focus. I now have fresh enthusiasm for what lies ahead.
- Greg M (Life Coaching)


Will at Mapleleaf vision fitted me in for a last minute decision-making session that I needed to make ASAP re. a job offer / career change. He was friendly, professional, and really knew his stuff! He unpicked things that I could never have done on my own. I’m so grateful to him & will be highly recommending him to everyone! Where there is a ‘Will’, there’s a way! Thank you, Will. You truly have a gift.
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