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North Petherton woman nominated for award
A MOTHER from North Petherton whose baby boy was stillborn has nominated her friend for a prestigious award in recognition of her support.
Marianne Evans gave birth to her son, Leo, in January 2009 in the back of an ambulance en route to hospital in Bristol.
She said: “When I came home from hospital I didn't come out cradling a baby – I left with a yellow folder filled with information leaflets on ways I should grieve.
“I found it was very isolating and I also felt ashamed but I had a very close friend who helped get to me through some of the bad days.”
Marianne has nominated Kate Cox, who also lives in North Petherton, for the Informal Support category of The Butterfly Awards, a new international awards ceremony which raises awareness of baby loss.
Marianne added: “I nominated her because she was there at the end of the phone if I wanted to talk to or text her and shed some tears with her and she did this with most sensitivity.
“She will often visit Leo’s grave and include him in my family.
“ She also buys him special gifts for his birthday and Christmas and Easter, when it seems a lot of people have forgotten about him.”
The awards, which coincide with Pregnancy and Baby Loss Awareness Month, will take place at The Paragon Hotel, Birmingham, on October 19.
The event was organised by Bridgwater mother Mel Scott, who used her devastating experience of losing her son, Finley, to set up ‘Finley’s Footprints’, a training and support organisation.
Working with Jade Deverill, founder of Midwifery and Nursing Online, Mel hopes to raise awareness of baby loss and help increase support for parents who have lost children. Mel also provides support for parents through charity Towards Tomorrow Together.
To read more about Mel’s story visit our website at bridgwatermercury.co.uk and search her name.
And to vote for Kate or buy tickets for the awards visit www.thebutterflyawards.com
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