Two sisters are helping bereaved parents by raising money for a ‘cuddle cot’ after one of the women gave birth to a stillborn baby.
Carrie Daniels and Sarah Forrester have raised the money in memory of Olly James Daniels, who was born on February 1.
The two have raised £1,450 for stillbirth and neonatal death charity Coventry Sands to buy a cuddle cot in his memory. The cot is a machine that keeps the baby cold as they deteriorate quickly.
Carrie, 28, who lives in Rugby, said: “Having the facility would have meant the world to me and my husband Marc. This is the reason I was inspired to do something to help.”
She said it was heartbreaking to leave Olly after she had given birth. “I know the facility will mean others don’t have to go through what we went through,” said Carrie.
Her sister said: “The cuddle cot allows the parents to take their baby home to grieve in private.”
Giving time to families to spend time with their baby is encouraged by midwives, bereavement practitioners and stillbirth charities. It allows the family to form an important bond with their baby, whether changing a nappy, dressing the baby or simply just to stay close, which can help families in dealing with their loss.
Fundraising for Carrie’s appeal for Olly has included cake sales and raffles. An event at the Rugby branch of Tesco where Carrie works raised £200 on Friday. The sale of home-made jewellery has also helped towards the target.
Carrie paid tribute to everyone who has helped the appeal through such a difficult time. She said: “We will continue to raise money. Many thanks to everyone for their continued support.”
For more information see Olly’s Angels on Facebook.