Planting and picnic to remember lost babies

A SOMERSHAM couple are organising a picnic for those affected by the loss of a child to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Alice and Stuart Boon lost their first son, George, at only a few hours old and know how comforting a place of reflection can be.

A small tree was planted at Hinchingbrooke Park last year, in memory of all the babies gone too soon, and the Boons would like families to plant bluebells around the tree. They are planning to do this at the picnic on Saturday, October 13.

Alice said: “In the UK every day, 17 babies die. 17 babies don’t come home, 17 families are left heartbroken forever. This statistic is horrifying and it is important we get the word out there.

“The charity SANDS (Stillbirth and Neo-natal Death Society) is an organisation which can offer you support when your baby dies during pregnancy or after birth.

“The death of a baby is a devastating experience. The effects of grief can be overwhelming and parents, their families and friends can be left feeling dazed, disorientated, isolated and exhausted. 
It can be hard to take in information, to make decisions or to imagine how you are going to ever cope. At Sands there are people who understand what it’s like because many of us have been through this experience ourselves, and we are here to help offer support and information when you need it.”

Alice would love to hear from anyone who would like to get involved or would like to donate some British bluebells. She can be contacted on email at aliceboon06@gmail.com