Last week colleagues and families at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust marked Baby Loss Awareness Week, where parents, family, and friends unite with others to remember our much loved and missed babies, who were taken too soon.
Over the week colleagues raised awareness and much-needed funds to help those in the local area who are experiencing or have experienced bereavement of their little ones, whether in pregnancy or after birth.
To mark the occasion, throughout October, pink, blue and white Remembrance Ribbons are being hung on the railings around the organ donation tree located in the Trust’s remembrance garden at Royal Preston Hospital. The ribbons are available to write your loved one’s name on, and the garden offers a space for quiet reflection should families need it. As well as the ribbons, the tree has also been lit up pink throughout the month to mark the occasion.
Last Tuesday, a Reflection and Remembrance Service was held at St Cuthbert’s Church, Fulwood, for all who have experienced the loss of a baby through pregnancy, miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal death. The service was attended by many families and colleagues, and offered a space to remember those they have lost.
Saturday also saw the Wave of Light, where families across the world unite by lighting a candle at 7pm local time and leaving it burning for at least one hour to remember all babies that have died too soon.
Then on Sunday, Baby Beat, one of the Trust charities which provides funding for specialist equipment for maternity, neonatal and gynaecology departments, held the Baby Beat Walk to Remember at Avenham Park, Preston, which comprised of a one-mile route around the park – a perfect opportunity to reflect and remember. The Trust would like to give a pecial thanks to all at Ashbridge Independent School and Nurseries for their kind support with this event.
If you would like to donate or find out more about the Baby Beat charity, you can visit their website here.