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15th October 2019

Barry Island turned pink and blue for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2019

BY: Nathan Spackman

The Western Shelter has been illuminated in pink and blue lights from 09 to 15 October to show the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s support for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2019.

The annual awareness week, now in its 17th year, is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families and friends, to commemorate babies’ lives and break the silence around pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.

Cllr Ben Gray, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “We hope turning the western shelter pink and blue will spark conversations about baby loss and give local bereaved parents and families an opportunity to talk about their experience.”

All of the buildings and landmarks turning pink and blue for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2019 will be featured on the interactive map and the Facebook album Anyone in the Vale can share their photos of Barry Island on social media with the hashtag #BLAW2019.

Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands (stillbirth and neonatal death charity), said: “Baby Loss Awareness Week is a unique opportunity for parents to commemorate their babies who died.  I hope bereaved families in the Vale of Glamorgan seeing Barry Island lit up pink and blue will feel less isolated and alone in their grief.

“Pregnancy loss or the death of a baby is a tragedy that affects thousands of people every year. It is devastating for parents and families and it’s vital they get the bereavement support and care they need, for as long as they need it.”

For further information about Baby Loss Awareness Week visit:

www.babyloss-awareness.org

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