A Northampton charity is saying thanks to the 200 people that have been in touch to offer a helping hand following the Chronicle and Echo’s article last month.
Paul Scully-Sloan of Kingsley lost his son, Travers James six-years-ago and has since put his mind to comforting parents who have experienced stillbirths.
The kind-hearted Northampton man got in touch with the Chronicle and Echo last month to appeal for volunteers to help knit cots, wraps and hats for stillborn babies and has since had a phenomenal response from knitting enthusiasts from across the country.
Speaking to the Chronicle and Echo, he said: “We have had a brilliant response to the article about the cribs. Nearly 200 people have joined the Facebook group we set up for the project.
“In addition to that, I was contacted by a large Northampton based insurance company who want to get their staff involved. Also, I’ve had several craft and knitting groups, one branch of the women’s institute and daily emails for the crib patterns.
“We struggle to get support from the media and a lot of other organisations, like grant bodies. So we really appreciate the support from the Chronicle and Echo. The Chron have been very supportive from day one, so I feel it’s important to say thank you as many take media coverage for granted
Mr Scully-Sloan set up the support group, Daddy’s With Angels because he found that there was a lack of suitable support for dads and male family members following the loss of a child.
On a recent Daddy’s With Angel’s visit to Essex in April, Mr Scully-Sloan was having a discussion about a pregnant lady who had gone into hospital and had sadly lost her baby.
He said: “Her partner had not been able to be there with her, as sometimes this happens with a sudden loss, but as he walked into the room he was met with a sight that no one should see.
“Their baby had been placed in a box and just left on the window sill. There seemed a lack of compassion or maybe it was just routine to do this. Either way, it showed a lack of respect for the baby or the emotions and feelings of the parents.”
On the back of this, Mr Scully-Sloan set up a Facebook page, ‘knitted items for tiny angel babies’ to appeal for volunteers who can help with his venture.
One funeral director told Mr Scully-Sloan that they would love to see this idea happen as stillborn babies are usually delivered to the parlour in plastic bags.
Mr Scully-Sloan told the Chronicle and Echo that he has taken some knitted items to Hollowells Funeral Directors, Kevin Matthews Funeral Service and the Co-operative Funeral Care on Barrack Road.
He said: “Im waiting for a reply from the bereavement midwife at Northampton General Hospital to see if they need or want any knitted items.
“The article attracted volunteers from across the country so we have arranged with them to be collection points for their area and they will deliver to the hospitals (including Birmingham womens hospital) and funeral parlors where they live.
“We haven’t planned to give them directly to parents, we just want them to be in place for parents where they may be needed, to take away the worry of finding something that will fit their babies. I would say we have had over 500 items knitted so far.”
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