Northampton charity helping others who suffer child loss appeals for public help in awards
A charity set up by Northampton parents whose son died when he was just 14 months old has been shortlisted for a national award.
Daddys With Angels was launched by Paul and Helen Scully-Sloan after their son, Travers James, known as TJ, died after he caught tonsilitis and a cold in 2010. The day before he died, TJ appeared tired but showed no signs of how serious his illness was.
Following his tragic death, the family set up a charity to help others who experienced child loss. Now the charity has been nominated for Best UK Support Organisation in the 2016 Butterfly Awards.
A spokesman for the charity said: "Daddys With Angels are delighted, and at the same time humbled to be shortlisted for Best Uk support organisation in the 2016 Butterfly Awards.
"In the simplest of terms we are a group of Angel dads who know the pain of child loss and seek to use their experience to bring some comfort to others who have experienced child loss. We are all volunteers and do not seek any kudos for what we do.
"The first closed Daddys with Angels group was set up on Facebook in December 2010.
"Paul found that there was a lack of suitable support for dads and male family members following the loss of a child.
"Today DWA retains it’s closed group for male family members and also has a closed, family group for all family members. DWA has seen that some people are excluded from support because their loss was early gestation, or their child was too old, or it was too long ago, or some other nonsense.
"Daddys with Angels welcomes those regardless of the gestation or age and regardless of the cause or reason. Our ‘door’ is open to anyone who has experienced the pain of child loss," the spokesman added.
The charity has submitted a YouTube video to support its application. To support the charity's nomination visit https://thebutterflyawards.com/2016/09/17/uk-support-organisation-daddys-with-angels/