A memorial garden for those who have lost a baby is being created at Kingsdown Crematorium and volunteers are needed at a big work weekend on 26 and 27 March to complete the hard landscaping.
Swindon Sands (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society) is appealing for help from individuals. Businesses who can provide expertise or materials for the weekend are also needed.
Cathy Milburn, one of the founders, said, “this garden is massively important to families. A lot of us have lost a baby or had a miscarriage so it is great to have somewhere to go, somewhere to reflect and take time to remember. The garden is going to be open to anyone who needs it.”
The memorial garden is in the shape of an eye and will have a specially commissioned baby memorial statue in the centre. There will also be a decorative gravel border where a memorial pebble can be painted and laid in memory of a baby. Benches will have poignant quotes inscribed on them and visitors will be able to leave their thoughts in a special post-box.
SANDS hope be able to open the garden in time for National Baby Loss Awareness Week in October.