Petition and Media Attention Update

Hello Everyone

Thank you so much for all the support you have shown so far! I am overwhelmed but there is still a long way to go! Just thought that I would give you a quick update so that you all know what is happening…

As you know Sophie’s Story has been in the mirror twice which has really helped to push the petition, we have also been in the Kent Messenger Newspaper recently and had a very supportive letter from the House of Commons; I have been contacting people to try to gain more publicity and have now been invited to join the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss’ in The Houses of Parliament in Westminster, this is an amazing opportunity, and it means that our voices will be heard! Yesterday I had an interview with BBC Radio Kent which went really well too.

If you can then please share the link to the petition again! It would mean so very much to gain as much support as possible! Thank you… and don’t forget to ask others to share too!!! https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/cut-stillbirth-rates-by-half

Awareness: Please like the Sophie’s Angels – Raising Awareness Facebook page if you can.
Support: If you have been affected by stillbirth, miscarriage or infant death, then please feel free to join the Sophie’s Angels Support Group.

Thank you so much for your continued support

xxx

Sophie’s Angels and the Future

I am constantly trying to think of ways to support more people who are going through the loss of their child and raise awareness about miscarriage, stillbirth and infant death. The Sophie’s Angels support group has become very successful, with many people making new friends and finding that connecting with other mums, dads, grandparents etc has helped them with their own grief. The Sophie’s Angels – Raising Awareness page has been amazing for raising awareness and breaking the taboo, and this blog is now being viewed all over the world which is just incredible.

The petition is going well… but it’s still very early days! However, the awareness it has raised concerning preventable stillbirths has been amazing! Sophie’s story and the petition have been on the Mirror Online twice, The Kent Messenger Newspaper, and tomorrow morning I have an interview with BBC Radio Kent. I have had a letter from the House of Commons in support of these changes. This wouldn’t be possible without so much support from friends, family, followers and other grieving families… so Thank you!

In the future I would really like to see Sophie’s Angels become a charity, and I am currently looking at ways to make that happen! I would ideally like the charity to concentrate on raising money for bereavement suites, cuddle cots, and memory boxes… not just for parents, but for siblings and grandparents too. I don’t feel that there’s enough support out there for siblings or grandparents.

So, exciting plans for the future! If you would like to sign and share the petition it would mean so much to many grieving families; and please feel free to join Sophie’s Angels if you have suffered a loss… it doesn’t matter how long ago that loss was.

Letter from the House of Commons!

I have, today, received a letter (which I’ve posted below) from Helen Whately at the House of Commons; she is our MP and the letter is very encouraging! In the letter she states ‘I agree with you that we must raise as much awareness as possible about baby loss. Our stillbirth and neonatal death rates are not as good as they should be given that we have one of the most advanced healthcare systems I the world’.

She has also given me pointers on who I can contact next, and asked me to contact the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss’ as they are also campaigning to reduce the stillbirth and neonatal death rate, this was set up by two MP’s who have also suffered loss. I will be contacting them tomorrow.

She then goes on to say ‘I have written to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt to ask about scans and what assessment the Department of Health has made for routine scanning post 20 weeks’.

This is amazing, we still need a lot more signatures, but the awareness of the problem IS being raised, and recognised. This wouldn’t be possible without your support… So thank you xxx

To sign and share the petition please click here.

To Join Sophie’s Angels – Raising Awareness, please click here.

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The Butterfly Awards

The Butterfly Awards are opening their nominations soon, and I have been asked a few times since yesterday about this event! So I will try to explain! The Butterfly Awards is a ceremony which brings awareness and helps to break the taboo surrounding loss. The award ceremony is a black tie/cocktail dress event which aims to celebrate the achievements of people, volunteers, groups or professionals, who support or raise awareness about this. The awards will be held on 27th October 2018 at Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwick.

The Butterfly Awards 2018 Award Categories 🦋

  • Inspirational Father
  • Inspirational Mother
  • Bereavement Worker
  • Author / Blogger
  • Awareness Advocate
  • Healthcare Professional
  • UK Support Organisation
  • Cherished Keepsake
  • Best Hospital Bereavement Care
  • Midwife of the Year
  • Most Valuable Contribution
  • The Thank You Award

People, organisations and groups can be nominated for more than one category, so get your thinking caps on and work out who you plan to nominate in advance!! Voting will open soon, but the date hasn’t been confirmed yet! I will let you know when voting is open, and you can vote for anyone who you feel has helped you, raised awareness etc.

If you want to follow The Butterfly Awards for up to date information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/TheButterflyAwards/

And to view the website, which should be updated soon, please visit: https://babylossstar.co.uk/2016/07/29/babyloss-star-awards/

 

Exciting News!!!

This is the first post that I have written this year; I just haven’t been able to find the words! I’ve tried, but the words never seen to come! But I thought I would start this year’s blog with some rather exciting news! You are, yet again, making waves my girl! You are starting to make a difference to so many people! And now the Mirror Online Newspaper is planning to tell your story whist promoting the petition that I set up. This means that more people will know who you are, more people will be able to access support and friendship through your support group and more people will understand that there needs to be change to prevent stillbirths.

You may not be here, but you are making a difference. I will love you and miss you for eternity, but your tiny footsteps are certainly making huge imprints on this world, and I couldn’t be prouder. The petition to halve the amount of stillbirths can be found here, and if you have been affected by miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death then please feel free to come and join us at Sophie’s Angels.

Sleep peacefully Sophie, until we meet again xxx