A Sheffield couple who lost a baby to stillbirth are helping others to cope with the same heartbreak by holding a charity ball.
Rebekah Davies, aged 33, and her husband Simon, 39, were devastated when their daughter Tulip died at 23 weeks.
But the couple say they were supported through their ordeal by the charity 4Louis, which provides ‘memory boxes’ filled with mementoes to remember babies who are stillborn or die on neonatal units.
Now they want to raise enough money to cover the cost of 100 boxes by organising the ball at Hillsborough Golf Club on April 26.
Rebekah said her pregnancy had progressed well until last October, when Tulip was stillborn at the Jessop maternity wing.
“Everything had been fine, we’d had the 20 week scan, but then everything went downhill,” said the speech and language therapist, who has two daughters aged 12 and three, and a 16-year-old son.
“It was awful. I had bought the pram and had clothes ready for her – we’d even moved house a week before as we needed an extra bedroom.
“She was beautiful but just far too small to survive. While we were in hospital we were given a memory box by 4Louis – they realised parents who lose babies go home with nothing.”
Among the boxes’ contents are kits to make impressions of hand and footprints, teddies and a photo frame.
The ball, sponsored by recruitment firm Hallam Medical, will feature live music and a raffle with prizes donated by local firms.
“We want to turn our experience into something positive, so other parents don’t feel quite so helpless,” Rebekah added.
n Visit Simon & Rebekah’s page to donate.