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£4,875raised of £200 target by 167 supporters

    Weʼve raised £4,875 to support bereaved parents - half to help St Michael's Hospital, Bristol fund baby funerals and half to Sands.

    Bristol, United Kingdom
    Funded on Sunday, 15th October 2017

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    Story

    On 7 July, at 21 and a half weeks pregnant, my waters broke suddenly and I was admitted to St Michael's hospital for observation. After 10 days in hospital I still hadn't gone into labour and I was so hopeful that some of the amniotic fluid would have replenished. However, on day 10, I was scanned and told that there was still no fluid around Zachary (and so his lungs would be underdeveloped). Shortly after my scan the contractions started and two days later, on 19 July, Zachary was born sleeping.

    The midwives treated me like any other mother and, when Zachary came, they treated him with the same kindness they would have shown a living baby. They wrapped him in a small knitted blanket, put a hat on his little head and placed him in a little Moses basket. Zachary was born 6 days before the 24 week point so we can't register his birth. Instead the midwives filled in a little book with his name, time and date of birth and his weight. They added his hospital bands, prints of his hand and footprints and even some photos of us all together. This small book is now the most important and precious thing we own. The memory book and camera were donated to the hospital by Sands (the Stillborn and Neonatal Death Society).

    We were encouraged to spend as much time with him as we wanted and were told we could come back to the hospital to visit him at any point. I went back to see him a few days later and one of the midwives had wrapped him in an extra blanket and tucked a little teddy bear under his arms - this small act of kindness meant the world to me and gave me so much comfort.

    Whilst at the hospital, a member of the Chaplaincy team came to talk to us about a funeral for Zachary. Planning a funeral was not something we would have had the strength to do but, incredibly, the hospital arranged (and paid for) everything for us, all we had to do was pick the readings and music. Being able to say a proper goodbye was so important and we are so grateful the hospital helped us to do so.

    All the staff at the hospital were incredible. It was the most awful experience of our lives but they helped us through it by showing us so much kindness. The book and camera donated by Sands has given us something tangible to remember our precious son. We would therefore love to raise funds to donate to St Michael's and Sands in Zachary's name so that they can continue to support bereaved parents like us.

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    • Layla and Tom Renshaw 9 months ago
      Layla and Tom Renshaw

      Layla and Tom Renshaw

      9 months ago

      This week is Baby Loss Awareness Week - our crowdfunding page will close on Sunday to mark the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week. Me and Tom would like to say a massive THANK YOU for all the kind words and very generous donations! You’re all amazing!! 🦋

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    • Layla and Tom Renshaw 10 months ago
      Layla and Tom Renshaw

      Layla and Tom Renshaw

      10 months ago

      Wow!! £300 away from £2,000 in just 2 days! Thank you, thank you all so so much! Xx ♥️ xX

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    • Layla and Tom Renshaw 11 months ago
      Layla and Tom Renshaw

      Layla and Tom Renshaw

      11 months ago

      Thank you all so much, your generosity is amazing! ❤️ X

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    11 months ago

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    Page last updated on: 10/14/2017 7:25 PM

    Supporters

    167

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Oct 14, 2017

      I'm so sorry to hear your story. I've been through similar and sending you lots of strength.

    • Cally Todd-well done Layla and Tom. Something so very positive. LOLx

      Cally Todd-well done Layla and Tom. Something so very positive. LOLx

      Oct 14, 2017

    • Scott Padbury

      Scott Padbury

      Oct 13, 2017

      £10.00

    • Amelia Cave

      Amelia Cave

      Oct 12, 2017

      So sorry to hear this sad news - thinking of you x

      £20.00

    • Sally Lord

      Sally Lord

      Oct 12, 2017

      You have constantly been in our minds. What a kind and thoughtful thing this is to do for others. All our love. xx

      £20.00

    • Laura Davies

      Laura Davies

      Oct 11, 2017

      £10.00

    • Sarah Dowding

      Sarah Dowding

      Oct 11, 2017

      You have been in my thoughts so much. My heart goes out to you both. What a wonderful thing you are doing. Sending you much love. Xx

      £50.00

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    Layla and Tom Renshaw

    Layla and Tom Renshaw

    Bristol, United Kingdom

    Mummy and Daddy to Zachary.

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