Stillbirth and neonatal death awareness event to take place in Maidenhead High Street

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Stillbirth and neonatal death awareness event to take place in Maidenhead High Street

Juanita Tarn

A mother hoping to raise awareness and shed taboos surrounding stillbirth and neonatal death is holding an event in Maidenhead High Street on Saturday.

Juanita Tarn has organised an awareness event with Berkshire SANDS (Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Support) which will see 300 flowers and butterflies planted in a temporary garden.

The mum of three children aged from nine years to 18 months had a stillbirth in 2009 and the event offers families who may have lost a child the chance to name a butterfly or plant a flower in their memory.

The 35-year-old from Waltham St Lawrence said: “Seven years ago my world as I knew it and the dreams I had planned for the future, were all stolen from me with the simple words of ‘I’m sorry’.

“Nothing can ever prepare you for the devastating news that your baby has died, but this happens 17 times a day in the United Kingdom and that is 17 families that don’t get to take their baby home and start a new chapter of their family and instead another one is written.

“Through my own personal journey, I am truly amazed, grateful and humbled by the strength of so many of these families who found a way of turning their tragedy into hope for others, by sharing their stories and opening their doors and their hearts to others experiencing a similar pain.”

An artificial lawn will be placed in the High Street outside Wilkinson from 10am-3pm for families to plant flowers and name butterflies.

Juanita will be laying a flower for her son Sam.

Carolyn Bray, SANDS fundraising manager, said: “We depend almost entirely on the generosity of our supporters to help bereaved parents and their families, work with health professionals to improve bereavement care and fund research to save babies’ lives.

“We cannot thank Juanita Tarn enough for hosting this amazing event for SANDS.”

Visit www.berkshire-sands.co.uk

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