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London Marathon Update

You may recall that we invited applications from people to run in this year’s London Marathon on our behalf.

Well the bad news is that Heidi, our winning applicant, has suffered a car crash and whilst she is not critically injured, she won’t be fit to compete. Needless to say she is gutted, and so are we on her behalf, but we wish her a speedy recovery, and we’re so glad her injuries are not worse than they are.

So, on to the good news – we have a new runner!

Marie Sampson will be flying the RMB flag in the Marathon this year and you can read about her and donate to her sponsorship page via the following link: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MarieSampson

Please join us in wishing Marie a great race, and click on the link to donate, and share as widely as possible, we’re so pleased to have a place in the race!

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Our 1,700th Remembrance Photography Session

As 2017 drew to a close, RMB was called to provide our 1,700th Remembrance Photography Session.

We were very busy over the festive period, though with our Volunteer Photographers having their own festive commitments, it was more challenging to respond to requests.

More than a dozen sessions were provided between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and a further 4 took place on New Year’s Day.

We are so very grateful for Volunteers willing to go out of their way for a family in need, and for their own families supporting their willingness to do so.

#remembrance #photography #volunteers #stillbirth #babyloss

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Knitting and crochet and wedding dresses

We are often asked if we would like hats and blankets knitting for us, and would we accept donations of wedding dresses.

We provide a Remembrance Photography service only, so whilst we are *not* in a position to accept knitted & crocheted items, nor wedding dresses to be made into burial gowns, we know some folk who do.

If you have a wedding dress please consider contacting either of these two organisations, but please be aware that sometimes they have a waiting list due to storage issues:

http://www.cherishedgowns.org.uk/

http://heavenlygowns.co.uk/

If you are a knitter or crocheter, then follow these links for patterns and follow their requirements for the correct materials:

https://www.uk-sands.org/get-inv…/volunteer-sands/knit-sands

http://www.bliss.org.uk/knit-for-premature-babies

https://www.facebook.com/octopusforapreemie/

We are aware that some NICUs use Bonding Squares – these are paiirs of 5 inch by 5 inch knitted squares (any colour, design). One square is put with the poorly baby, and the other square is with the parent, and then these are swapped over daily. They are so crucial for the little superstar premature babies, poorly newborns and parents who are separated at such a stressful time.

So, please approach YOUR LOCAL NICU regarding Octupuses and Bonding Squares, and YOUR LOCAL Maternity/Labour Ward regarding knitted blankets or clothing, especially items for very small babies born too early, to ask what is needed near you. There may also be similar initiatives in local knitting or crafting groups that you could join, and other charities also requesting octopuses and providing suitable patterns.

One of our own Volunteer Photographers, Lesley Johnson, also makes Octpuses for NICU – pictured. Happy crafting, for the benefit of families in need.

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