On Thursday, December 20th Christies Care staff will be participating in a festive fun day to raise money for PETALS, the Baby Loss Counselling Charity.
PETALS was a great help to one of the Christies Care family this year:
“On the 1st of July this year I lost my son, nearly half way through my pregnancy. It was by far the most devastating experience of my life. I have been grateful to have been supported through an Ipswich hospitals charity called PETALS which offers a counselling service to those who have experienced trauma due to loss during pregnancy or birth.
The day I returned to work Hugh (Chairman of Christies Care) greeted me with the words “welcome home”. And Christies has been like a 2nd home to me over the years.
As they say, the first 6 months after a loss are the hardest. I would like to end the 6 month period by raising some money for this important resource and also create a positive memory.
In order to do this on Thursday the 20th of December all of the office staff at Christies Care are going to start getting into the Christmas spirit. They will come dressed with a touch of festive cheer and we shall be selling popcorn, mince pies and other festive treats. There will be a raffle, a guess the weight of the Christmas cake and Santa will be making a personal appearance to deliver secret Santa gifts.
I feel I need to say a BIG thank you, as many of the carers have asked after me and my son Matthew. I have not always been able to talk about it or answer your questions but I have felt touched by your words. Many people have asked what they can do to help. A positive thought or prayer is always appreciated and if you are in the area please do stop in and buy some cakes on the 20th of December.”
Petals (Pregnancy Expectations Trauma and Loss Society) provides a specialised counselling service at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, Queen Charlottes and St Mary’s Hospitals in London, the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, Ipswich Hospital, and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.
Petals was set up as a charity in 2011 by a group of healthcare professionals working in maternity care, alongside women who had experienced first-hand the loss of a baby, or trauma during birth.
We agreed that the purpose of Petals would be to:
Fund a specialist counselling service for parents affected by any of the following:
- Still birth
- Neonatal death
- Trauma/depression following delivery
- Diagnosis of fetal anomalies
- Antenatal anxiety/depression
- IVF anxiety
- Fear of pregnancy/birth
And raise awareness, through marketing, research and training, of the need for psychological care for parents who suffer emotional distress in pregnancy and birth.
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