The Mariposa Trust is one of the leading UK charities, with its core objective being to support people who have lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. It was founded in 2012, by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who saw a critical need to launch a new support organisation. With over 258,000 babies being lost yearly in the UK, the charity needed to be able to offer not only befriending and support, but also national baby loss remembrance services (called Saying Goodbye Services), which would all take place at Cathedrals and Minsters across the UK. Since its inception 45 services have taken place, and 2015 will see a further 25 in the UK and the USA.
On Saturday 18th July, 12.30pm at Canterbury Cathedral the trust is holding a Saying Goodbye service. The Mariposa Trust want as many people who have been affected by this as possible to be able to attend.
So who is the service for?
Anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in early years, or anyone who has been affected by a family members or friends loss. Whether the loss was recent, or 80 years ago everyone is welcome. Babies and children are also invited to come with their family, as the Saying Goodbye service is truly a family event for all.
To read more on the charity head to the the Saying Goodbye website, which you can find at: www.sayinggoodbye.org. On the site you will also be able to see the fantastic set of Ambassadors and Advocates the charity have, including: The Archbishop of York, Lord Robert Winston, Nigella Lawson, Jools Oliver, Gabby Logan, J John, Mary Nightingale, Professor Lesley Regan, Julie Etchingham and more.