Council marks Baby Loss Awareness Week
A number of buildings are to be illuminated in pink and blue from October 9 to 15 as the Vale of Glamorgan Council marks Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Both western and eastern shelters on Barry Island will display the colours, along with the town’s Hood Road Tunnel.
Baby Loss Awareness week takes place every year and is an opportunity for bereaved parents, family and friends to unite with others and commemorate their babies’ lives.
It also offers the chance to fundraise for vital research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth.
SANDS, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity, has formed the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance, which is made up of more than 100 charities.
They work together to break the taboo and drive improvements in policy, bereavement care and support for anyone affected by the death of a baby.
There are a series of live discussions taking pace throughout the week which can be accessed through the SANDS website.
And on Friday, October 15 those who’d like to take part are encouraged to join a ‘Wave of Light’ by lighting a candle at 7pm and leaving it burn for an hour to remember all babies who have died.
“We hope that seeing these vale locations lit in pink and blue will spark more conversations about baby loss,” said Cllr Ben Gray, Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member for Social Care and Health.
“It is estimated that one in four pregnancies in the UK end in loss during pregnancy or birth. This is a tragedy that affects thousands of people every year but is not widely known. Supporting causes like Baby Loss Awareness Week is vitally important to provide bereaved parents and families with an opportunity to talk about their experience and fundraise for the charities that have supported them.