Cre­ation of gar­den truly in­spi­ra­tional

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Home Help With A Difference -

As­tory of the tri­umph of strength over ad­ver­sity came to an emo­tional con­clu­sion this week, with the open­ing of Ash­ford’s baby me­mo­rial gar­den. The Ken­tish Ex­press has been fol­low­ing the progress of Emma Oram and her fel­low fundrais­ing vol­un­teers from SANDS – the still birth and neo-na­tal death char­ity – since they be­gan their cam­paign.

Emma, who sadly lost her baby Liam in 2004, has been spear­head­ing an ap­peal to raise £28,000 to pro­vide a space in the town’s me­mo­rial gar­dens where fam­i­lies may re­mem­ber ba­bies they have lost.

The progress they have made in that time has been truly in­spi­ra­tional, as have the ac­tions of the wider com­mu­nity, who have thrown their sup­port be­hind the plans.

All of their hard work has now paid off and the turnout of more than 400 peo­ple at the gar­den’s of­fi­cial open­ing on Sun­day demon­strated quite vis­i­bly the im­pact the pro­ject has had on peo­ple across the bor­ough.

While many of us are for­tu­nate in never hav­ing to go through the trauma of los­ing a baby, suf­fer­ing is some­thing we can all re­late to.

At our dark­est hour the ac­tions of peo­ple like Emma, and all those who sup­ported her work, shine a light of hope and show that we can over­come the chal­lenges that life throws our way.

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