It was a magical and moving evening at Russell House when we lit up the building in pink and blue to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week. 350 individual lights were also lit in remembrance of the babies whose families we have cared for over the last few years.
Very sadly, the lives of babies we were remembering were far too brief. But all of them shine brightly in their families’ memories.
And for many of these families, Russell House is where they were able to make those precious memories. Where they were able to do the things they’d been dreaming of doing – like holding their baby, brushing their hair, reading them a story, taking them outside to show them the world.
That’s why, we wanted to light up Russell House in their memory – to show families we’re thinking of them and to shine a light on baby loss, something not often talked about but that affects more than 150 families in West Yorkshire every year.
Thank you to the local landmarks that joined us by lighting up in pink and blue – the University of Huddersfield, Piece Hall, Salts Mill, Bradford Town Hall, Wainhouse Tower, Kirklees Active Leisure Centre. Thanks too to Décor Event Equipment Hire for helping us light up Russell House and to Mark Flynn Photography for capturing the evening so beautifully. And thanks to everyone who lit their own light at home in memory or in support of others who have lost a baby.
Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley and Spen said: “It was wonderful to visit Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice this evening and see the wonderful display they had for Baby Loss Awareness Week. Their work is truly inspirational.”
If you’d like to leave a dedication in memory you can do so at www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk/babylossawareness where you can also make a donation to our Shooting Star Appeal which helps fund our work with families facing or living with the loss of their baby.