Memorial garden set up in High Street as part of stillbirth and neonatal death awareness event

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Memorial garden set up in High Street as part of stillbirth and neonatal death awareness event

Juanita Tarn and other SANDS members presenting remembrance flowers at their high street stand.

People who had lost a loved one, especially a child, were invited to ‘plant’ a flower in a special memorial garden in the High Street on Saturday.

The moving event, organised by Juanita Tarn of Berkshire charity SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death) saw members of the public lay flowers and butterflies in an artificial garden.  Juanita, who laid a flower in memory of her lost baby son, said the event aimed to raise awareness of the work of the charity.

The mum of three, with children aged nine years to 18 months, suffered a still birth in 2009 and lost her son, Sam.

Juanita then decided to get involved with Berkshire SANDS, whose volunteers have experienced similar tragedies.

The 35-year-old, from Waltham St Lawrence, told the Advertiser: “In the beginning it was to find support for myself and to get through it and then people opened their doors and their hearts to me.”

Juanita, who was pleased with the attention the tribute stall received, added: “I think even nationally they’ve never done anything like this before.

“Depending on how well today goes, we’ll see whether we’ll do it again.”

Visit www.berkshiresands.co.uk for more information.

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