Trust set up to help grieving parents could be in line for windfall - with your help! (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Trust set up to help grieving parents could be in line for windfall - with your help!
2:50pm Wednesday 18th June 2014 in News
A CHARITY that provides support for families who have lost a baby to miscarriage is in the running for a £2,000 windfall.
The Tigerlily Trust, which covers the same area as the Morecambe Bay hospital trust, is up for the public vote as part of a Big Break for Charities project - and if it wins enough votes could net more funding.
The trust helps parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neo-natal death.
Founder, Val Isherwood, said: “We are a small local charity run by a group of women who have experienced baby loss and rely solely on donations.
“Winning this competition would be an amazing achievement and would enable us to help many more families in the area.”
Val explained that her own daughter, Lily, was stillborn in October 2011.
“I wanted to do something to help other parents experiencing baby loss in our community,” she continued.
“Having been told that Lily would probably not survive birth, I had time to prepare for the most tragic of outcomes to my pregnancy.
“But many do not have this time. I wanted to make and collect as many memories as possible to remember my daughter which really helped.”
With this in mind, the Tigerlily Trust now donates remembrance boxes to hospitals for bereaved parents.
These contain items that enable them to build a collection of memories such as kits to help take hand and footprints or to make little plaster impressions.
The trust also provides care packages to help mothers who lose their babies through miscarriage, as well as a support network for grieving parents to meet in person or online through their closed group.
To vote for the Tigerlily Trust text ‘BIG BREAK 0762’ to 78866 or visit www.tigerlilytrust.co.uk and follow the link. The closing date is June 30.
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