Baby Loss Awareness Week events 2018
A list of events being held around the UK to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018 is available here.
Below are a few we’d like to highlight:
Two remembrance walks are being organised by Miscarriage Association volunteers Erin and Kymm, respectively:
Belfast – A Walk of Remembrance on Saturday 13 October at 5:30pm, meeting at the main gate of Belfast City Hall. Participants are invited to bring a battery candle and children are also welcome to attend.
Nottingham – A Memory Walk at Wollaton Hall and Deer Park on Sunday 14 October, from 11:00am until 1:00pm, organised by Nottingham Miscarriage Support Group.
Lighting up the UK in pink and blue
For the second year running, you’ll hopefully be able to spot some buildings and landmarks lit up in blue and pink in support of Baby Loss Awareness Week.
More than 50 places are already signed up thanks to many charity staff and supporters asking them to get involved. These include Belfast City Hall, The Dome in Edinburgh, Cardiff City Hall and Portsmouth’s Spinnaker tower.
You can find a map of all the buildings taking part here.
During Baby Loss Awareness Week 2018 we’ll also be calling on the public, healthcare professionals and parliamentarians, to make sure parents who experience pregnancy or baby loss get the best possible care, wherever they live and when they need it.
What’s more, this year’s awareness week marks the public roll-out of the National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP), with all documents, tools and resources being made publicly available for the first time.
As part of this combined Baby Loss and NBCP initiative, we’re looking forward to several events:
- Wednesday 3 October – A Scottish parliamentary event at Holyrood. This will be part of the launch of working in Scotland to develop the NBCP there.
- Wednesday 3 October – A one hour National Assembly for Wales debate, secured by Lynne Neagle AM.
- Tuesday 9 October – A backbench debate on Baby Loss in the House of Commons. Organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss, with a three hour slot. This is likely to begin about 3:30pm and can be watched live here.
- Wednesday 10 October – A candle event will be held in The Pierhead, Cardiff, sponsored by Welsh Assembly Member Mark Drakeford.
- Thursday 11 October (am) – A drop-in event at Westminster for MPs, civil servants and charities. MPs will be able to collect a personalised briefing for the event and view a set of displays showing how good care makes a difference to bereaved families’ experiences. There will be displays too about the NBCP, and how this can improve bereavement care. MPs can also arrange to meet there with their constituents to discuss baby loss issues.
- Thursday 11 October – A remembrance event in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in Parliament, to take place after the Westminster event above.