Baby Memory Box Donation to Daisy Hill
Camlough couple Kerri Marie and John Boyle have donated 50 memory boxes to Daisy Hill Hospital’s maternity department.
The couple have raised £4,500 to fund the boxes from the Lily Mae Foundation following the sad loss of their baby son Jude who was born at 23 weeks. They raised the money through a raffle, a sponsored walk and balloon release at Camlough Lake in memory of babies who have died.
Kerri Marie said: “Having gone through the traumatic experience of losing a baby we wanted to do something to help other families through such a devastating time. We took great comfort from our local community who came together to raise awareness of this issue and donated to our fundraising effort. The memory boxes include teddies, casts to make hand and footprints, boxes to keep a lock of hair and hospital tags and a few other little keepsakes to help families to remember their little ones.”
Brenda Kelly, Lead Midwife for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust says: “Sadly every week in Northern Ireland, four babies are stillborn or die in the first four weeks of their life. Work is ongoing across the UK to try to reduce stillbirths and neonatal deaths which are so distressing for families and the staff involved.
“Our Maternity, Bereavement, Patient Support and Chaplaincy teams work with charities like SANDS to practically and emotionally support families following the loss of a baby, so we greatly welcome the donation of the memory boxes to help bring comfort during such a difficult time.
“We would like to thank the Boyle family who have taken the time amid their own loss to so generously consider others in the same situation.”
The Boyle family would like to thank everyone who supported them during the past few months and who donated to their fundraising campaign. They will also be donating memory boxes to the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Pictured above are Kerri Marie and John Boyle with their son Noah presenting memory boxes to Sister Paula Boyle, Maternity Ward, Daisy Hill Hospital and Brenda Kelly, Lead Midwife, Southern Health and Social Care Trust.