A family has donated memory boxes to the West Cumberland Hospital to support children who have lost a sibling.
Kathryn and Joe Rigg, of Beckermet, made the donation to the midwifery unit following the loss of their daughter Mollie Hannah in January 2020.
Kathryn said: “When we lost Mollie we worried about how to support our children Dylan and Ebony – a lot of the time children’s grief is forgotten about.
“Another bereaved family sent Dylan and Ebony a sibling box, created by charity Naya’s Wish, in memory Mollie for Christmas.
“When we realised how much they helped we decided we would raise money for Mollie’s first birthday so we could have these boxes available in our local hospital.”
The memory boxes contain items including a tea light, cuddly toy, a notebook for the siblings to write their own notes, information about what has happened and children can add their own ‘memory items’
Kerry Pape, specialist bereavement midwife said “We are extremely grateful to the Rigg family and Naya’s Wish for the fantastic sibling memory boxes.
“These will provide children with bereavement support following the loss of their baby brother or sister which is so greatly needed.”
The charity Sands can provide support to anyone affected by the death of a baby and works to improve bereavement care and funds research to save babies lives.