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Greystone Footbridge over M62 in Huyton, Knowsley, illuminated in pink

Bridge lights up for Baby Loss Awareness Week

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley’s Greystone footbridge over the M62 is being lit in pink and blue next week to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Now in its 17th year, Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October 2019) is an opportunity for bereaved parents and their families and friends to unite with others across the world to commemorate their babies’ lives.

It is also a time to raise awareness of the issues surrounding pregnancy and baby loss in the UK and call for tangible improvements in research, care and policy around bereavement support and highlights bereavement support and services available for anyone affected by the death of a baby at any stage.

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care said: “We are delighted to support such a worthwhile initiative which we know affects so many people. Pregnancy and baby loss can often be a taboo subject but through baby loss awareness week, parents are encouraged to break the silence and get the help and support that they need.”

There are now more than 60 charities involved, including SandsTommy’sThe Lullaby Trust and The Miscarriage Association who are driving improvements in bereavement care as well as working with health professionals and services to reduce preventable deaths.

Visit the Baby Loss Awareness website to access advice and support with bereavement.