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How you can help those who've lost babies

How you can help those who've lost babies

Published by KLFM
6:00am 5th February 2020.

Cradle aims to provide support for parents who've suffered miscarriages - you can find out how to help.

Jo from Wiggenhall St. Germans is Norfolk's ambassador for Cradle.

She says the organisation is looking for donations of toiletries, notepads and teas -  you can see a full list of items below.

One in four women will lose a baby during pregnancy and Jo was one of them. 

It spurred her on to help others in the same boat, and now she's behind the Norfolk branch of Cradle, which helps bereaved parents who've lost a child early in pregnancy.

Cradle Jo
Jo and her family.

She's set up a Facebook group as part of Cradle for other mothers who have had the same experience as her.

"I'm the only ambassador for this area and I'm hoping to be able to help Norwich Hospital as well, because there's no one around this way - there was actually nothing when I lost my baby.

I want to show people they can talk about it, it's not something yyou should be ashamed of or scared to talk about.

I blamed myself for a very long time, but it's just one of those things - it just does happen sometimes."

There are a few different drop-off points to take items, with the latest being Russen & Turner in Kings Lynn:

Kings Lynn: Russen & Turner, High Street (Ask for Mark).
Downham Market: Downham Market Club, Paradise Road (Mon-Fri from 3pm and Sat-Sun from 11:30am)
Hunstanton: Simply So Lovely, Southend Rd (Winter opening hours until April)
Wiggenhall St Germans School (Take to the office during school hours)

Products needed:

- Toothpaste
- Toothbrushes
- Shampoo/conditioner
- Soap
- Shower gel
- Face wipes
- Deodorant
- Sanitary towels
- Hairbrushes
- Hair bands
- Socks
- Slippers
- Notepads
- Pens
- Mints
- Peppermint tea
- Raffle prizes to fundraise
- Sunflower seeds (for a plant therapy project)

Cradle is also fundraising to create a baby loss memorial garden at the Queen Elizabeth hospital to go alongside work for the bereavement suite.  You can find out more here.