I had the absolute privilege of being invited down to the Houses of Parliament for the official launch of Baby Loss Awareness Week. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet other organisations and charities all trying to make a difference for bereaved families. I have also been asked to be part of the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance to help make further progress in breaking the silence.
During the Baby Loss Awareness debate, in the Houses of Commons, Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders MP mentioned myself and the campaign directly. He then went on to talk about the campaign during his speech at the official launch reception. This goes such a long way in getting the message of the campaign out there.
In working with other charities, I hope to create a simple way of accessing help for all bereaved parents; this was a huge step forward for the campaign.
Whilst down in London I took 400 baby names with me, the Our Missing Peace Angels. Every single name was written on a Heart of Remembrance and taken with me to the Houses of Parliament. We were able to lay them out in Westminster Hall and help show people the true impact of child loss.
I then took the hearts for a little sight-seeing tour of London, we went to 10 Downing Street and Trafalgar Square. When I am next in London they will go even further but it was a beautiful end to an amazing day.
To signify the end of Baby Loss Awareness Week everyone was asked to join in on the #waveoflight. This was a beautiful way of showing we remember those taken too soon. The following week I became very aware of how the community was feeling low after such a powerful week.
I started the #waveofcake movement as one of acknowledgment that we need to be gentle with ourselves and take 5 minutes to acknowledge that we had all done something amazing by sharing our stories.