A mother touched by the tragedy of stillbirth is appealing for knitters to help other families who lose babies.
Jenny and Adam Pugh, of March, lost their daughter Jessica in 2011 after Jenny went into labour at just 25 weeks. They were able to dress their baby in clothes knitted by members of a charity group.
Now Jenny (27) has got on board with Lisa’s Stars as the representative for Peterborough City Hospital.
She said: “When you lose a baby halfway or even three-quarters of the way through your pregnancy, you don’t really have anything. Having something there you can dress your baby in, rather than just having them in a hospital blanket or nothing at all, means everything.
“It’s nice as well for parents to be able to dress their baby in what they’ve chosen.”
Adam (32) and Jenny started thinking of others almost as soon as they lost Jessica and started arranging a balloon release just eight weeks afterwards.
The launch and a raffle raised £600 for the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, where Jessica was born. Although she didn’t need the NICU, if things had gone differently she may have done.
Since losing Jessica, the couple have had a son, Eddie, who is now six-and-a-half months old. But Jessica is not forgotten and Jenny and Adam are keen to help as many families as possible who are going through the same thing.
Jenny is looking for any eager knitters to knit clothes and blankets specifically for premature size stillborn babies. The hospital is in need of pastel coloured hats and blankets, as well as burial gowns.
Lisa’s Stars was set up in 2010 to make a difference to those who are unfortunate enough to lose a child prematurely. The founder lost a child herself and felt something was massively missing from the aftercare of those babies and their parents.
The charity initially started out as a way to support her local hospital. Within three days of starting the group on Facebook, Lisa’s Stars had a website, a forum to give support to families and nearly a thousand members.
The charity is now hoping to reach as many hospitals as possible throughout the country, through reps like Jenny, and wants to create memory boxes for families affected by stillbirth.
For more information, see the Lisa’s Stars Facebook page. Specific knitting patterns are easily available online from baby charities. Blankets should be A4 or A3 size.
Jenny can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Knitted items can also be dropped off at the Citizen office at 11 Union Street, Wisbech, and will be passed on.