Creation of garden truly inspirational
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.