Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018 launches in Wakefield

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The Wakefield and District Sands will be hosting a series of activities to raise awareness of pregnancy and baby loss in Wakefield during Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018.

Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018 runs from October 9 to 15.

The annual awareness week, now in its 16th year, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families and friends, to commemorate babies’ lives and break the silence around pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.

See our Facebook page @WakefieldSands for full details of our activities; including our support meeting to be held on Saturday 6th October, Afternoon Tea Fundraiser on Sunday 14th October and our fundraising raffle.

Xscape Yorkshire will be illuminated in pink and blue in support of Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018.

Rachel Keaveney, from Wakefield, said: “We hope that our local Baby Loss Awareness Week activities will spark conversations about baby loss and give local bereaved parents and families an opportunity to talk about their precious babies. ”

Dr Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity), said: “Baby Loss Awareness Week is a unique opportunity for parents to commemorate their babies who died, and I hope the activities of Wakefield and District Sands will help bereaved families in Wakefield feel less isolated and alone in their grief.

“Pregnancy loss or the death of a baby is a tragedy that affects thousands of people every year. It is devastating for parents and families and it’s vital they get the bereavement support and care they need, for as long as they need it.”

For further information, visit www.babyloss-awareness.org.