Turning pink and blue to remember lost babies

Offices in the heart of Folkestone will be lit up with pink and blue bulbs this week as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week.


The Civic Centre in Castle Hill Avenue, home to Folkestone & Hythe District Council, is turning pink and blue from Tuesday along with scores of other public buildings across the country

The move was welcomed by councillors as a way of supporting parents and families who have experienced the loss of a baby or pregnancy.

Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee, Cabinet Member for Communities, said it was important to give people the opportunity to commemorate their babies and talk about their loss, and for the council to support them.  

As a local landmark, it's fitting that the Civic Centre is part of Baby Loss Awareness Week. It will illuminated with pink and blue bulbs. Cllr Jenny Hollingsbee, Cabinet Member for Communities

The annual awareness week is now in its 16th year and aims to break the silence around pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.

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. Dr Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands

Local families can find advice and support from Devlin's Babies, a group set up to counsel parents and to provide practical and emotional support. They make moses baskets for stillborn babies and help families raise money for headstones and to fund a memorial garden in Folkestone.

Organisers are planning a memorial walk on Monday, 15 October from Devlin's garden in Dallas Brett Crescent to Hawkinge Crematorium. That evening members will also be taking part in the nationwide 'wave of light', where people are invited to light a candle at 7pm for baby loss awareness.

For more information on Devlin's Babies, visit www.facebook.com/DevlinsBabies , email devlinsbabies@live.com or call 07783 961912.

For more information on Baby Loss Awareness Week, visit www.babyloss-awareness.org

Published on 8 October 2018