Sunday, 27 November 2016

Our Christmas Memorial Service is quickly coming up. 

When we first announced the event, the 15th of December felt a long way off.
Like the rest of this year the weeks have past so quickly.

The event organisation is coming along well and we think that it is going to be a lovely evening. 
It seems strange describing a memorial event as 'lovely' but we see it as a way of families coming together to celebrate the lives of their loved ones and to give support to each other.

We have got a local choir, from Beeston, Leeds, coming along on the night to add some wonderful voices to the event.

There is still time for you to get in touch with us if you would like your baby or child's name entered into our memorial book.

If you are not able to attend the event we will still read out your child's name and light a candle in their memory. 

There is also going to be some Christmas tree baubles with labels attached for you to write a message on, again if you are unable to come along just let us know what you would like written on and we will do it for you.

If you would like to attend and have other children please feel free to bring them along as well. There will be craft activities available for them to take part in and feel part of the evening.

We will also be drawing our annual Christmas Raffle during the evening. 
If you would like to purchase tickets please get in touch with us. You can do this through our social media, email ( or via our website 
We have had some amazing support again with lots of people and businesses donating our raffle prizes.

We hope to see you all there on the night to help us celebrate and remember the lives of so many special babies and children.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

This year is going so quickly, I cannot believe that in just 10 days we will be in to December.

Whilst this year has been such a positive one for our charity the increase in families contacting us means that there are so many more families trying to deal with the death of their baby or child.

December is always a busy month for families, you have the excitement of Christmas with the added stresses that it can bring. 
Parents worry that they cannot afford all the presents their children are asking for and then there is all the shopping. 

Families argue who they are going to spend the festivities with and you end up splitting yourself in so many ways.

When you become a family that has a baby or child in heaven Christmas can also be a very lonely and painful time.

You sit at home watching adverts all about children and toys. These are the things that can bring so much pain to bereaved families.

Whilst we are so happy for the families that are all able to spend the holidays with their loved ones, it also hurts knowing that they will never get to do that.

If you know a family that has been through a bereavement spare them a thought as December arrives. 

Maybe make that little more effort to check on them to make sure they are ok, or offer to go round for a coffee and a chat.

Bereavement can be very lonely and isolating and a lot of families find it difficult to reach out for help and support. 
By just knocking their door, or giving them a call and reaching out to them you could make so much difference to their current situation.

We find December difficult as we reach Charlies birthday and this year he would be turning 4. 
Our way of dealing with this time of year is to all get together and celebrate his birthday, usually doing something we think Charlie would enjoy. 
Whilst we know we will all still feel sad being together gives us all support and love to cope.

We know some families do not feel able to do that and having a friend to nip round during the festivities can make all the difference.

Lets try and make this December a time where we all try and offer friendship and support to other families.

Friday, 11 November 2016

First I would like to apologise for the lack of a blog entry last week. unfortunately I was ill and spent most of the week sleeping.

During the last couple of weeks we decided to relaunch our quarterly newsletter.

If there are any specific items you would like us to have on our newsletter please drop us a line,

Below is the link to our current newsletter, we would love to get some feedback on what we have included.

We love sharing the things we have done with all of you and especially like it when we can share progress and achievements made by the charity.

Our next newsletter will let you know what some of our plans are for 2017. 
We all feel that it is going to be another fantastic year for us and that bereavement support will continue to be on the agenda within Leeds NHS. 
We know that we will not decrease our efforts and campaigns both locally and nationally and we would love to get Bereavement Support high on the agenda within parliament.

Thank you all for your continued support, it means so much to us and definitely inspires us to keep fighting.