FAMILIES who have lost a baby during pregnancy or after birth have been invited to a Christmas Remembrance service.

 

The service, which will take place at Christ Church in Ardsley, is being hosted by Henry’s Hope, a baby loss charity which was founded in September by Bethany and Andy Pocock.

 

Bethany and Andy, of Newhill Road, Smithies, lost their son Henry in March 2017 following complications during his birth at a hospital in Surrey.

 

The charity supports parents and their families who have lost a child and run three sessions per month; one session for parents, one for parents who are expecting following a loss and a third for wider families who have experienced the death of a child.

 

Andy said: “This time of year can be difficult when you have lost a child. We are inviting people to come and remember your baby’s memory. Anyone who has lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy or after your baby was born is welcome to attend and friends, children and family are also welcome.

 

“There will be a chance to hear your baby’s name read out, light a candle and place a message on a Christmas tree. There will be light refreshments served following the service.”

 

The couple are also asking people who have decorative lanterns to lend them for the service in order to light up the path leading to the church.

 

For those who can help, send a message to the Henry’s Hope Facebook page.

 

The service will take place on December 13 at 7pm and doors will be open from 6.30pm.