Cud­dle cot do­nated to the Uists

The Oban Times - - News -

A THIRD cud­dle cot has been do­nated to the Uists com­mu­nity mid­wifery ser­vice to en­able be­reaved par­ents to take their time when say­ing good­bye to their baby.

The special cot was do­nated by par­ents Sarah and Jonathan in mem­ory of their baby boy Har­ris Michael Smith.

The dona­tion means a cot will be avail­able in the is­lands of Lewis and Har­ris, Uists and Barra en­sur­ing ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port to par­ents.

Sarah said: ‘Af­ter suf­fer­ing a late mis­car­riage and giv­ing birth to Har­ris in June last year, Jonathan and I were given the op­tion of spend­ing precious time with our son. This is where we learned of the ben­e­fits of a cud­dle cot and the char­ity Simp­son’s Mem­ory Box Ap­peal (SiMBA). SiMBA does so many mean­ing­ful things to help fam­i­lies over­come mis­car­riage and still­birth. Most im­por­tantly, they give par­ents the con­fi­dence to cre­ate mem­o­ries with­out fear of judge­ment so when I set out to do some­thing in mem­ory of Har­ris, I wanted to sup­port the char­ity and other fam­i­lies.’

The cou­ple, from Ed­in­burgh, do­nated their cud­dle cot to the Uists be­cause of Sarah’s is­land con­nec­tions. Her fa­ther was born and raised in Stornoway and she has fam­ily liv­ing on the is­lands.

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