A BALSALL Common baby loss support charity has been donated £15,000 to help parents in their hour of need.
The Lily Mae Foundation received a £10,000 grant from the National Lottery and a £5,000 grant from the Heart of England Community Foundation Solihull Winter Wellbeing and Recovery Fund.
The funds will help develop and expand the services they offer to parents who have lost a baby to stillbirth, neonatal death, miscarriage or medical termination.
The £15,000 will focus on helping grow the unique One to One Baby Loss Support Service that is currently delivered by the co-founder of the Lily Mae Foundation, Amy Jackson.
Amy, whose daughter Lily-Mae tragically died in 2010, is a trained cruse volunteer who is supported by professional bereavement counsellors and gives parents the chance to explore their bereavement issues within a safe, confidential place.
Amy said: “We are delighted to have received grants from both the Heart of England Community Foundation Solihull Winter Wellbeing and Recovery Fund and also the National Lottery Community Fund in support of our Baby Loss Support Service.
“The grants will enable the Foundation to keep their service sustainable as well as grow the provision of the one-to-one support, by hiring and training a specialised bereavement support worker to support bereaved parents following the loss of a baby.
“Parents who are suffering with grief from the loss of their precious baby will be able to get the help they need as soon as possible thanks to the generous funding of both the Heart of England and the National Lottery.”