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Baby Loss Awareness Week 2019 launches in Hereford Hereford County Hospital and Hereford Cathedral are joining forces to raise awareness of pregnancy and baby loss in Herefordshire and Powys during Baby Loss Awareness Week (October 9 to 15).

On Tuesday 15th October at 6pm people are invited to join a walk from the Hospital to the Cathedral, welcomed by the Cathedral chaplaincy team. People will be invited to light a candle in remembrance.   

The annual awareness week, now in its 17th 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.

Katie Farmer, Fundraising Manager for Wye Valley NHS Trust said: “We hope that this event will spark conversations about baby loss and give local bereaved parents and families an opportunity to talk about their precious babies.”

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 this event will help bereaved families in Herefordshire and Powys 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.”

 

For further information about Baby Loss Awareness Week visit:

www.babyloss-awareness.org

 

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Notes to editors

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

About Baby Loss Awareness Week

Baby Loss Awareness Week runs from 9th to 15th October every year and is an opportunity for those affected by pregnancy and baby loss and their families and friends to unite with others across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives and lost pregnancies.

The charities leading Baby Loss Awareness Week are committed to raising awareness of pregnancy and baby loss in the UK and providing support to anyone affected. By working with health professionals and other organisations, the week aims to drive for improvements in bereavement care and support, and to reduce the incidence of pregnancy and baby loss.

For more information, visit: www.babyloss-awareness.org

For further information please contact:

Amanda Millichip, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928.

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: John.Burnett@wvt.nhs.uk

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email: Amanda.Millichip@wvt.nhs.uk

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 355444 Ext: 5105
Email:  Fiona.gurney@wvt.nhs.uk

 

Postal address:

Wye Valley NHS Trust
The County Hospital
Trust Headquarters
Union Walk
Hereford
HR1 2ER

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