West Norfolk buildings lit up for Baby Loss Awareness Week
Several prominent buildings in Lynn have been lit up to raise awareness of the annual Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Both the Town Hall and the Corn Exchange displayed distinctive blue and pink projections on Thursday evening in support of the annual event.
Similar displays have also been taking place at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where fundraising for a Maternity Bereavement Suite which was voted the Lynn News Charity of the Year for 2020 continues, and the St Edmund's Church in Downham.
The projections at the Town Hall and Corn Exchange took place following a request from Jade Blaney to her local councillor.
Jade is an ambassador for Cradle, a charity which is part of the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance and works with the NHS to support women and their partners before, during or following pregnancy loss.
She said she was "so pleased" the buildings would be displaying the Baby Loss Awareness Week colours, adding: "It means so much to me, and all bereaved parents.”
Councillor Josie Ratcliffe, who was contacted on the issue, said: “I believe it's important to raise awareness and break the taboo of baby loss and I'm delighted that the Borough Council and Alive West Norfolk have this request.”
The Arthur Lewin Day Surgery Centre at the QEH, where efforts to raise £185,000 to develop a new Maternity Bereavement Suite continue, has also been lit up during the week.
Amanda Price-Davey, head of midwifery at the Trust, said:“Baby Loss Awareness Week is an important time of the year to the bereaved families that our Maternity Team support.
“I’m pleased that we are able to light up our Day Surgery Unit in the pink and blue colours to commemorate this difficult time of year for so many so have lost their children either during or shortly after birth.”
Local bereavement support group Whispers from Wings have lined up activities and means of raising funds for the Bereavement Suite appeal, including selling Christmas cards.
Sarah Chapman, co-founder of the group said: “Every year we try to add more to it.”
Mrs Chapman and her husband Liam’s daughter Eliza Jane was stillborn at Lynn’s hospital in February 2018, and the couple have been passionate about Baby Loss Awareness Week since.
Mrs Chapman said: “There is an abstract concept that because the woman carries the baby they suffer from the loss more, but both Liam and me equally lost the baby.
“I was excited when I carried her [Eliza Jane] and felt her kicking my tummy all the time. The heartbeat of the mother is like the music to the child as they have grown up hearing it in the womb, but the partner is affected just as much.”