A Northampton man is calling on volunteers to help knit cribs for stillborn babies

A kind-hearted Northampton man is appealing for volunteers to help knit cots, wraps and hats for stillborn babies.

Tuesday, 11th October 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 7:21 pm
Knitted items for tiny angel babies

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.

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.

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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.

“The baby was tiny, too small to be wrapped up in a normal blanket or laid in a full sized cot, but there was no reason why the baby should have been treated like that. Something else needed to be done for these tiny Angel babies.”

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.

He added: “We are helping to bring comfort to parents with our knitted items. These little bits make it special for babies to go from the hospital to the parlour.

“If you can knit or crochet and have some spare time, feel free to make as few or as many as you like.”

If you want to help this cause, get in touch with Mr Scully-Sloan at [email protected]

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