Leaving a lasting memory
12 Dec 2018
Midwives at Nepean Hospital are hosting a BBQ fundraiser at Bunnings North Penrith on 16 December 2018 to help support grieving parents who have recently experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth.
Proceeds raised at the fundraiser will go towards the purchase and decoration of ‘memory boxes’.
Nepean Hospital Midwife, Alicia Hatcher, says memory boxes are a special way to cherish the loved ones who have passed away.
A memory box contains special keepsakes for families who have experienced miscarriage or stillbirth. Staff help parents to gather items including the baby’s footprints, photos, clothing and wraps the baby has worn and hair clippings.
“Parents are often very grateful when they are given a memory box. It is a very emotional time and whilst it is confronting at first, many have described it to me as a way of healing and provides some comfort.”
The antenatal ward at Nepean Hospital is currently supported by local charity Ava Grace who donates clothing, wraps and teddy bears for the babies.
WHAT: BBQ fundraiser for Nepean Hospital Memory Boxes
WHERE: Bunnings North Penrith, 2166 Castlereagh Rd, Penrith NSW 2750
WHEN: Sunday 16 December 2018 from 8am