Monday, December 11, 2023

Parents invited to take part in lantern walk and other events this Baby Loss Awareness Week

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is supporting families and parents this Baby Loss Awareness Week, starting from Monday 9 October until Sunday 15 October.

Rachel Bond, Specialist Midwife, said: “This week is an important time to talk about pregnancy and baby loss, break down taboos and remember our much-loved and missed babies.

“We are pleased to be able to offer several different events this year, so you can choose how you wish to make any commemorations.

“Some of our families may wish to join in our special craft sessions, others may wish to add to our trees of remembrance, and we would like to invite everyone to join our lantern walk and service at Lincoln Cathedral or the service at Boston Stump. These babies have touched our hearts and it is important that we all have the opportunity to remember them in our own way.”

A range of free events are planned for Baby Loss Awareness Week in Lincolnshire.

Lincoln, Boston and Grantham hospitals will all be lit up pink and blue throughout the week.

Pottery painting will be taking place at Fancy Creations in Boston (PE21 7NX) on Wednesday 11 October and Saturday 14 October between 10am and 12pm.

Wreath making, pebble painting and other crafts will be taking place at The Bridge in Lincoln (LN5 7NN) on Saturday 14 October from 10am to 1pm.

Hospital chapels in Lincoln, Boston and Grantham will be open throughout the week with trees of remembrance, where anyone can add their own tag and light a candle.

Lincoln Cathedral will also have a quiet space open for anyone to visit for reflection and to light a candle.

A service of reflection will be held at the Boston Stump (PE21 6NW) on Sunday 15 October. The service will begin at 1.30pm. There will be an opportunity to light a candle, and add a name tag to the tree of remembrance.

There will also be a lantern walk taking place on Sunday 15 October at Lincoln County Hospital Social Club (LN2 5RA). Everyone will meet from 6pm and at 7pm a candle will be lit to commemorate the ‘wave of light’ before the lantern walk to Lincoln Cathedral begins. At the Cathedral there will be the opportunity to reflect and light a candle.

To find out more and book a space at one of the events please visit the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity website.

This year’s Baby Loss Awareness Week events have been funded by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Charity.

Ben Petts, Charity Manager, said: “It is so important to us to support Baby Loss Awareness week, we’re not supporting these activities to raise funds because we’re there to support our communities throughout their interactions with our hospitals.”

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