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23rd Jan, 2022

Lily Mae Foundation handed funds to support bereaved siblings

Sarah Mason 11th Jan, 2022

A BALSALL Common baby loss support charity has been handed over £11,000 to help bereaved siblings.

The Lily Mae Foundation can make 500 sibling support packs thanks to the funds handed to them by the Morrisons Foundation.

The packs will be given to brothers and sisters to help the through the grieving process following the death of a loved one.

Ryan Jackson, founder and managing director at The Lily Mae Foundation, said: “Explaining the death of a baby to siblings can be extremely daunting and difficult for parents, who are also dealing with their own grief following the loss of their child.

“What helps younger children is very much the foundation that helps those older children too.

“Children learn how to grieve by copying the responses of the adults around them. They rely upon adults to provide them with the help and support that they need as they grieve.”

Ryan set up the charity with his wife Amy after their daughter, Lily Mae, was born sleeping in 2010 at Solihull Hospital.

Ryan added: “The fantastic support provided by the Morrisons Foundation will help us to continue to support those bereaved siblings by providing our Sibling Support Packs to allow a sense of a continued link with their lost baby brother or sister.

“This is an extremely important part of coping with grief. We are really grateful for all the help that we have received to enable us to support bereaved siblings in their time of need.”

In Lily Mae’s memory Ryan and Amy hand out memory boxes to hospitals to grieving families and run support workshops in the months following.

David Scott, Morrisons Foundation trustee said: “It’s an honour to be able to help such a worthy charity.

“The support the charity offers to families and their children is invaluable.

“I’m very proud that the Foundation has been able to provide this grant to help hundreds of children during such difficult times for them and their families.”

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