A mum from Margate who lost her baby son is organising a wave of light in Margate.
The event, to remember little ones lost in pregnancy or infancy, will take place at the clock tower on Tuesday (October 15) from 8pm to 9pm.
It is organised by Stacie Goddard who founded the angel parents, mums and dads, rainbows and TTC facebook page.
Stacie and her partner Stephen lost their baby Peter – named after forever young character Peter Pan – on July 1, 2016.
It followed a routine 20-week scan where they discovered the devastating news that their unborn son had renal agenesis, meaning his kidneys were unable to form. A lack of amniotic fluid also meant his lungs were unable to develop.
Stacie was induced at 22 weeks and baby Peter, who weighed a tiny 420g, survived for just a few minutes, dying in her arms.
After Peter’s death she created Angel Parents, mums, dads, rainbows and TTCs (trying to conceive), a group aimed at supporting others going through the dreadful suffering of infant death or miscarriage, as well as those trying to conceive despite obstacles.
Last October, Stacie, who has a daughter Aurora, and son Stephen, won a Butterfly Award, run by Finley’s Footsteps charity, recognising her work helping others.
The wave of light is for fellow parents who have suffered loss. The candles will be lit at 8pm.
Staceie said: “We are teaming up with Little Treasure who will be supplying the first people who comment on their post a personalised candle to light.
“We will be bringing photos of our children. Anyone is welcome to come and either light a candle or show their support. Some candles will be supplied but if people can also bring candles that would be great.”
The event will coincide with the second lighting up in pink and blue of the clock tower to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week.
The awareness week, now in its 17th year, runs from October 9-15 and is an opportunity for bereaved parents, families and friends, to commemorate babies’ lives and break the silence around pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.
The display is being carried out by Ramsgate freelance technician in events, installation and electrics James Brown.
James, of James Brown AV, specialises is hoping to raise money for Aching Arms, which helps bring comfort following the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth or infancy. They supply comfort teddy bears to parents via hospitals, hospices, support groups and funeral directors in the UK.
He also lit the clock tower on October 9 to mark the start of the awareness week.