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North-east charity to provide support this Baby Loss Awareness Week

Abi Clarke founded charity Miss (Miscarriage Information Support Service)
Abi Clarke founded charity Miss (Miscarriage Information Support Service)

A range of events will be held over the coming days to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Bereaved parents, their friends and families will come together from Wednesday to commemorate the lives of young children who died during pregnancy, or soon after birth.

This week organisations and charities from across the UK will work to raise awareness of the care and support available to those affected, and campaign for improvements to government policy and research.

This includes charity Miss (Miscarriage Information Support Service), which will hold two sessions for people in the north-east.

On Sunday it will host a drop-in session at Inverurie Health and Care Hub from 1-2.30pm, where people can speak to some of the group’s volunteers and hear from a midwife.

And on Tuesday, October 15, a Wave of Light service will take place at Rubislaw Church Centre in Aberdeen from 7pm.

Families from across the world will light a candle at the same time, and leave it burning for one hour, to remember babies who died too soon.

In addition, buildings across the city – including Robert Gordon University, His Majesty’s Theatre and the Music Hall – will be lit up in pink and blue, the official colours of Baby Loss Awareness Week, to further draw attention to the issue.

The group has also made up 150 “acts of kindness bags” to be distributed across the area throughout the week.

Miss founder Abi Clarke said: “Last week we had an information stall at Aberdeen Maternity Hospital and we raised £780 at an afternoon tea.

“We are really trying to break the taboo of miscarriage as well as increasing awareness of Miss and how we can support people during and after their loss.

“We want to show there is support out there and that, if anyone does need help, they can come to us.”

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