Hayley & Neil, bereaved parents from Selby, are holding a Baby Loss Awareness Ball at Pavilions of Harrogate, in memory of their twin daughters, Alya & Aleah, who sadly died and were stillborn last year.
The couple want to make a difference to the Baby Loss community, and felt that Baby Loss Awareness Week in October offers the ideal opportunity to host a charity ball, to honour all the babies gone too soon and celebrate them, and to also raise awareness and some funds for charity. The event is in aid of 4Louis, a national charity that provides memory boxes to hospitals, to help parents make precious memories with their babies and children.
“Being gifted the memory box when we went into hospital to give birth to the girls was amazing. In the most heart-breaking time of your life, putting one foot in front of the other is hard enough, so having the guidance from the box about how we could make memories was so special and made such a difference. You can’t think straight when your children have died, and we are so grateful we were able to collect locks of the girls’ hair, make hand and footprints, imprints and more. These are the most treasured things we possess, which we cherish so dearly, and being able to take photos, having teddies to give the girls and a story to read them meant such a lot. Words can’t describe how valuable the box was.”
Alya & Aleah died shortly after laser ablation surgery to treat Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, and were born in York Hospital last August, at 25 weeks gestation.
The black tie event, with a blue and pink theme, offers a welcome drink, three course dinner, live band, fire performer, auction, raffle, and more.
“1 in 4 pregnancies end in loss and we feel these babies, who should have had a lifetime of celebrations, deserve a wonderful occasion, dedicated to them. It promises to be a fabulous night, with lots of fun. This is us parenting and we hope to make this a special event for Baby Loss Awareness in North Yorkshire, bringing people together.”
The ball is on Saturday October 14th at 6.30pm. Individual places can be bought for the ball, or deals on tables are available for family, friends or businesses to enjoy the evening together. Places can also be sponsored for midwives and any kind prize donations or sponsorships are much appreciated.