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Posted on October 25 2014 at 1:25:58

Memory box

An Alvechurch family who lost their baby daughter earlier this year have launched a charity project in her name, aiming to bring comfort to other families who have suffered a similar loss.

After Ava’s death, the Atkinson family were given a keepsake box in which they could keep memories of their daughter.

However, the charity that supplied the boxes no longer produces them – and so the family set up “Baby Ava and the Little Angels” to supply memory boxes not only for local neo-natal units but for people who have suffered the loss of a child at birth or shortly after birth.

Available in pink or blue, the boxes consist of a hand and foot imprint kit, two teddies (one to stay with the baby and the other for the parents), an angel-shaped candle to be lit and blown out on each birthday, an “in the hands of angels” keyring, a small bag for a lock of hair, a star necklace for the mother to wear, and a packet of forget-me-not seeds to plant.

There are also two blankets, one for the baby and the other to stay in the box – one is a fleece blanket and the other a knitted one made by Ava’s grandmother, Jeanne Atkinson. Finally, the boxes contain Ava’s story and also four poems that helped her family.

These boxes are free to any unit or family that needs one. Each box costs £50 to create, so the Atkinsons and their friends have been busy raising money. 

Fundraising events so far have included a “wolf run”, which is a 10k run over obstacles through lakes and mud, and an auction and raffle at Bromsgrove Rugby Club, which attracted some 150 people and raised £4,700.

The total raised so far is around £8,000, but the family is appealing for further donations via their website – http://www.babyavaandthelittleangels.net – where you can also read Ava’s story in full.

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