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Parkside Council Offices will be turning pink and blue for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018

Published Thursday, 27th September 2018

The exterior lights at the Melton Borough Council Parkside Offices will be illuminated in pink and blue from Tuesday 9th to Monday 15th October to show Melton's support for Baby Loss Awareness Week.

The annual awareness week, now in its 16th year, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families and friends, to commemorate babies’ lives and break the silence around pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.

Alan Pearson, Chairman of the People Committee said: “We hope turning Parkside pink and blue will spark conversations about baby loss and give local bereaved parents and families an opportunity to talk about their precious babies. Baby Loss Awareness Week helps raise awareness of how pregnancy and baby loss affects thousands of families each year across the UK. It is an opportunity to help families remember their babies, whether it be in public or private, and feel less isolated and alone by giving them the opportunity to join with others. I must thank The Flower Basin for providing the Council with the ribbons and pink and blue light coverings that have enabled us to pay this important tribute.”

Melton resident Cara Lilley was instrumental in helping set up the Baby Memorial Garden at the Council’s Country Park. “We found that many families of lost babies, actually had no place to visit, no grave to mark their babies’ names, and many of those who did have a grave, simply found it too difficult to find any comfort there. After what seemed like a very short discussion, it was agreed we should make a garden. Somewhere not hidden from view, somewhere beautiful and tranquil, somewhere where families could go together to place a pebble or a bulb in memory of a child who was much wanted and will always be, much missed.  And so, it began, the dream to make a garden. With great support from Melton Borough Council, the Country Park and many, many local organisations and businesses, the dream became a reality and we have a beautiful Baby Memorial Garden in the Country Park, a special garden with soft planting to produce an element of beauty and healing, which also incorporates areas where bereaved families can go and plant a bulb for their lost babies or leave a pebble in a permanent memorial. “

Dr Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity), said: “Baby Loss Awareness Week is a unique opportunity for parents to commemorate their babies who died, and I hope bereaved families in Melton Mowbray seeing Parkside exterior lights lit up pink and blue will feel less isolated and alone in their grief. Pregnancy loss or the death of a baby is a tragedy that affects thousands of people every year. It is devastating for parents and families and it’s vital they get the bereavement support and care they need, for as long as they need it.”

All the buildings and landmarks turning pink and blue for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018 will be featured on the interactive map and the Facebook album. Anyone in Melton Mowbray can share their photos of Parkside on social media tagged #BLAW2018.

For further information about Baby Loss Awareness Week visit:

www.babyloss-awareness.org

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For more information please contact:

Hazel Paterson – Communications officer

Melton Borough Council

hpaterson@melton.gov.uk

01664504294

Notes to editors:

For further information about Baby Loss Awareness Week please email babyloss@sands.org.uk

About Baby Loss Awareness Week

Baby Loss Awareness Week is an opportunity for bereaved parents, and their families and friends, to unite with others across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives. It is also a chance to raise awareness about the issues surrounding pregnancy and baby loss in the UK, and let the public and key stakeholders know what charities and other supportive organisations are doing on bereavement care and support around pregnancy and baby loss.

The organisations associated with Baby Loss Awareness Week are committed to raising awareness of pregnancy and baby loss, providing support to anyone affected by pregnancy loss and the death of a baby, working with health professionals and services to improve bereavement care, and reducing preventable deaths. Visit: www.babyloss-awareness.org