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Rainbow babies, charity stall and new football team mark Baby Loss Awareness Week in Bury St Edmunds



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Rainbow babies put their best feet forward for a fund-raising walk and toddle in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday.

Hunter, James, Robyn, Molly, Adeline, Ethan and Naeve – ‘rainbow babies’ born after the loss of a baby – walked 3km at Nowton Park in memory of their siblings Evee, Grace, Walt, Matilda and Olivia.

It was the rainbow babies’ first group fund-raiser, with all proceeds going towards a project led by West Suffolk Sands baby loss support group.

SANDS Rainbow Walk in Nowton Park and fund raising stall in the ARC Shopping Centre James Atkins, 20 months, Ethan Large, 4, and Hunter Rudd, walking in memory of their siblings PICTURE:Andy Abbott (52096021)
SANDS Rainbow Walk in Nowton Park and fund raising stall in the ARC Shopping Centre James Atkins, 20 months, Ethan Large, 4, and Hunter Rudd, walking in memory of their siblings PICTURE:Andy Abbott (52096021)

The group hopes to have a memorial at Nowton Park in memory of all babies who have died, providing a place for bereaved families to visit.

Also on Saturday, West Suffolk Sands held a fund-raising stall in the Arc shopping centre, in Bury, to mark the start of Baby Loss Awareness Week.

Members were on hand raising awareness of the group, while a cake sale, tombola and lucky dip helped to raise funds.

SANDS Rainbow Walk in Nowton Park and fund raising stall in the ARC Shopping Centre PICTURE:Andy Abbott (52096027)
SANDS Rainbow Walk in Nowton Park and fund raising stall in the ARC Shopping Centre PICTURE:Andy Abbott (52096027)

Meanwhile, the recently-launched Sands United FC Bury St Edmunds team was recruiting new players.

Freddie Stevens, founder, said the football team was a way of supporting men who had been affected by the loss of a baby at any stage during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy.

“The aim is to play a friendly game of five-a-side football – all abilities, fitness levels and ages welcome – once a month with like-minded people who understand what you are going through,” said Freddie.

“It will provide a safe space for men to get support and talk about their experience if and when they feel ready to do so.

SANDS Rainbow Walk in Nowton Park and fund raising stall in the ARC Shopping Centre PICTURE:Andy Abbott (52096025)
SANDS Rainbow Walk in Nowton Park and fund raising stall in the ARC Shopping Centre PICTURE:Andy Abbott (52096025)

“Unfortunately, many men do not get the support they need or know where to begin to look during this heartbreaking time.”

The team hopes to recruit enough players to start playing once a month while also raising awareness of this new support for men.

For more information, find the team on Facebook at Sands United FC Bury St Edmunds and Instagram @sufcburystedmunds

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