Two Aberdeen support groups have teamed up to remember north-east babies lost in pregnancy or soon after birth.
Aberdeen Sands and the Miscarriage Information Support Service (MISS) will be holding a series of initiatives as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week, starting today.
Aberdeen Sands has placed 105 bags of sweets around the city for people to find, one for every baby that dies in the UK every week.
Billed as a “random act of kindness”, each bag will bear the name of a child that has passed away.
Sandra Stephen, a committee member at Aberdeen Sands, said: “It’s just a way of raising awareness of the amount of babies that die in the UK, and that there are support groups out there for people who have gone through this.”
Prominent buildings across the city will also be lit up in an act of remembrance. Marischal College and Aberdeen and Robert Gordon universities will go pink and blue to mark the week.
The groups will also be holding a vigil at Rubislaw Church next Monday from 6.45pm, where parents who have lost babies will be able to pay their respects.
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As well as the vigil, representatives from both groups will be manning a stall at the “community corner” at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where people will be able to pick up information about the groups and how they can support people who have lost a baby.
Abi Clarke, the chairwoman of MISS, said: “There’s a couple of things that we’ve got planned.
“We’ll be at ARI so people can pick up materials about our group and attend any of our sessions with Aberdeen Sands. Next Monday we’ll be holding a Wave of Light event.”
Wave of Light events are due to take place across the UK to mark the end of the week. People who have lost a child will be able to light a special LED light.
Abi said: “We’re going to have a service from 6.45pm to 7.45pm.
“It’s very informal, so even if people aren’t religious then they can still attend.
“It will just be a 10-15 minute informal service with a minister, and there will be a chance to light an LED light for the one that you’ve lost. We’ll then have an informal chat over a tea or a coffee so that people can learn more about the group.”
Abi, who suffered a miscarriage four years ago, said the feeling was “indescribable”.
She said: “There are no words to describe what you go through when that happens to you.
“I personally felt that there wasn’t enough support, that’s why I started the group.”
Both groups hold monthly meetings for people who have been affected by the loss of a baby.
Aberdeen Sands meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Sportsman’s Club on Queens Road, and MISS meets at the Danestone community centre on November 1 and Rubislaw Church on November 19.