Love, light and special memories for parents

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A walk of light and love will take place next month – aiming to bring some peace and comfort to bereaved parents across the Fylde coast.

The torch-lit procession, at Carleton Crematorium and Cemetery, is open to anyone affected by the death of a baby, and commemorates all babies who passed away.

Organised by SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, the event will give people a chance to remember their babies and not feel alone.

Helen Grimshaw, group chairman for Blackpool and Preston SANDS, said: “People affected by baby death can get a lot of comfort from being with others, in a similar situation.

“If your baby was still here, you would celebrate birthdays or other events – this walk is a way to still have something special to remember the little ones by.

“This was be the second Lights of Love Walk.

“Last year’s was so successful we wanted to offer this opportunity to even more people to join us this year.

“We are so grateful to Michael Pendwarden, bereavement manager at Carleton Crematorium, who is supporting this event again, and the council for allowing us to use their facilities.”

The walks starts at 7pm, on Friday, October 10. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to bring a torch, lantern or candle, and meet at the main car park.

The evening will start with a special reading, before the procession makes its way to the baby section of the cemetery, where the lights will be displayed – followed by time for quiet reflection.

Bereavement nurses from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Megan Murray and Pauline Canning, will be supporting the event.

Megan said: “It’s a wonderful event, and an opportunity for people to talk in a group which is caring and understanding.”

For details, call SANDS on 07938 977676 or email blackpoolprestonsands@yahoo.co.uk.