Town Halls in Kirklees to be lit in pink and blue for Baby Loss Awareness Week

Huddersfield and Batley town halls will be illuminated in pink and blue lights to show our support for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2019 (9 to 15 October).

The annual awareness week, now in its 17th year, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families and friends, to commemorate babies’ lives and break the silence around pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.

What are we doing to support Baby Loss Awareness Week?

On 15 October we will be selling pin badges at a stall in Huddersfield second hand market.  Visitors can come along between 9am-4pm to show their support and join the national social media campaign by taking photos using our selfie frames with the hash tag #BLAW2019

Cllr Musarrat Khan, Cabinet member for Health and Social Care said:

“I am pleased to see Kirklees Council supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week this year.  It’s important to raise awareness about the support that is available to anyone who suffers the loss of a child.  By fundraising for Sands, we hope to contribute to this awareness raising.”

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Corporate Strategy, Commissioning and Public Health at the council said:

“I am so pleased that Kirklees Council is supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week. Every year, thousands of people experience the loss of a baby in pregnancy, at or soon after birth, and infancy.  By turning our buildings blue and pink and by fundraising for Sands, we are showing our support for bereaved parents and fundraising to support research into the causes of stillbirth and neonatal deaths.”

All of the buildings and landmarks turning pink and blue for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2019 will be featured on the interactive map and the Facebook album anyone in Kirklees can share their photos of Huddersfield Town Hall and Batley Town Hall on social media with the hashtag #BLAW2019.

Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity), said:

“Baby Loss Awareness Week is a unique opportunity for parents to commemorate their babies who died.  I hope bereaved families in Kirklees seeing their town halls lit up pink and blue will feel less isolated and alone in their grief.

Pregnancy loss or the death of a baby is a tragedy that affects thousands of people every year. It is devastating for parents and families and it’s vital they get the bereavement support and care they need, for as long as they need it.”

More information

For further information visit Baby Loss Awareness Week website.  

 

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