Cycle challenge raises funds for West Norfolk baby bereavement charity
A West Norfolk couple who lost their baby daughter are raising funds for the charity that supports bereaved parents with a cycle challenge starting on Monday.
Rebecca Barnes and Cameron Foreman, both from Lynn, received support from Theresa's Tiny Treasures when on June 18 their daughter Grace Sofia Foreman was stillborn.
Theresa's Tiny Treasures has provided support to many families who have suffered the loss in pregnancy and stillborn births and the founder, a former midwife, is hailed for her charity and the support it provides.
Rebecca said: "Theresa’s Tiny Treasures is run solely on donations and funds raised by kind and generous supporters. We hope the funds raised will enable Theresa to continue to support other bereaved families.
"Cameron, Jack and Charlie hope to raise £3,000. This gruelling 500-mile cycle in just five days is physically and mentally challenging. They are training incredibly hard every week to prepare themselves. We are so proud!
"Theresa spent time with us and our precious girl to create many special memories, keepsakes and photography. Theresa’s kindness and generosity has been incredibly comforting following the sad loss of our little girl.
The cycle challenge, which has already raised more than 4,000, in memory of Grace Sofia will see Cameron, Jack and Charlie cycle 500 miles around the North Coast of Scotland across five days.This will include 32,000 feet of hill climbing, the equivalent to Mount Everest.
Rebecca, who is a midwife herself, said: "Losing Grace has been so difficult and being a midwife myself at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital comes with its own challenges.
"I have taken some time off since but the fundraiser has really helped me stay positive and focus.
"Theresa is fantastic, on the day we had Grace, Theresa came to see us and spent time with us and Grace and made keepsakes. We have her hand and foot moulds and prints and photography.
"She was so supportive that we felt strongly about raising funds, particularly as during Covid-19 donations went down. Being a midwife I used to recommend her in my career, she sees every bereaved family."
Theresa's Tiny Treasures is a baby bereavement charity providing bereavement photography and personalised keepsakes to families of babies born sleeping at any stage of pregnancy.
Rebecca said: "It is important to talk within your relationship and have open communication about how you're feeling. Going through it together it is important that fathers don't feel they just have to be strong for their partner as they have to go through their own grief too.
"Families that don't have the keepsakes often later regret that decision. To have keepsakes of Grace has been so comforting."
Rebecca has also noted other charities that can provide support such as Time Norfolk, a pregnancy loss charity and SANDS, Stillbirth And Neonatal Death.
To donate to the cycle challenge visit JustGiving and look for nc500grace.
The Lynn News Charity of the Year until April was the maternity bereavement suite at the QEH. That is hoped to open this winter.