Thursday, 19 June 2014

Local bereavement charity needs your vote

Tigerlily Trust, a local charity that provides support for grieving families is in the running for a windfall from the initiative Big Break for Charities and is asking for your votes.

Tigerlily Trust (www.tigerlilytrust.co.uk) is one of several charities seeking support through the competition. Tigerlily helps parents that have lost their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neo-natal death. It is an invaluable resource for bereaved families in the Morecambe Bay NHS Trust area and also offers support to parents outside the area through its closed group, website and Facebook page.

One in four women experience baby loss and over 6,000 babies die every year in the UK. 250,000 are lost due to miscarriage.

Organised by Direct Debit, the Big Break for Charities competition provides funding to charities with the first place due to win £2,000. Founder Val Isherwood says:

“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.

“After my own daughter Lily was stillborn in October 2011, I wanted to do something to help other parents experiencing baby loss in our community,” she continues. “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, Tigerlily Trust donates Remembrance Boxes to local hospitals for bereaved parents. These contain items that enable them to build a collection of memories such as kits to help take hand and foot prints or to make little plaster impressions. Tigerlily 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 Tigerlily Trust please just click here or text BIG BREAK 0762 to 78866 (texts charged at standard message rate). The closing date is 30th June.

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