A MUM from Skelmersdale who lost her son before he was born has started a fundraising campaign to create a baby loss charity, in his memory.
Millie Wylie, 23, from Skelmersdale lost her son Lenny on September 16, 2021.
She now wants to set up and is in the process of setting up a registered charity. called Lenny’s Love.
The charity will provide ‘comfort bags’ for parents being treated in hospitals who suffer baby loss and she hopes, down the line, to also help grieving parents with funeral expenses and counselling – while ‘breaking the stigma around baby loss.’
The comfort bags – which she already creates and donates - contains items needed during the immediate hospital stay including pyjamas, underwear and toiletries.
These are provided free of charge, currently given out to mothers and they hope to stat creating overnight stay bags for fathers too.
Millie will also be including thoughtful memorial gifts to take home for parents to commemorate their loved ones, including knitted butterflies and a memorial bag.
They need to raise £5,000 to become a registered charity – and have raised £1,700 so far.
To help them to raise the target, they are holding an event at The Buffs on Ormskirk Road, Digmoor from noon-7pm on Sunday, August 28, featuring live music, games, stalls, raffles and dancing. The event will lovingly also feature a baby loss tribute tree.
She told the Champion: “A lot of parents, like me, go in to hospital excited to meet their baby and have to come home alone, without them. It is vital that parents have something tangible that is an immediate memento of the baby that they have lost – which is why I have included hand-knitted butterflies in the bags.”
As Millie knows first-hand, the costs of the funeral can be an added stress, as many bereaved parents won’t immediately have the funds for this - and down the line, she hopes that the charity will be able to cover immediate costs including funeral flowers and headstones for children.
Millie added: “We are fundraising to ensure Lenny’s Love becomes a registered charity with an official registered charity number.
“This means we have to raise £5,000 to not only be able to provide what we wish for Lenny’s Love but because this is the total it takes to be able to have the charity commissioner even take one look at this as a charity.
“Lenny’s love aims to provide and distribute comfort bags to UK maternity hospitals for bereaved mothers and fathers starting within the North West.
“We aim to provide counselling sessions and mental health retreats following the heartbreaking loss of a baby.
“We aim to provide funds towards funeral flowers and/or headstones for babies.
“We aim to break the stigma around baby loss!
“This is a vital charity which is screaming for help to make this happen, the potential is massive and we need to start helping families through such traumatic times.
“Baby loss happens every single day, in 2020 alone 2,638 babies were stillborn and 500 miscarriages a day occur in the UK alone.”
To add to their fundraising, go to Go Fund Me and search for ‘Lenny’s Love.’