A fundraiser is channelling her grief into supporting women who suffer stillbirths after experiencing the heartbreaking fate for herself.
Kelly Lamb, from Sunnyside, Rotherham, was excitedly awaiting the arrival of her first baby earlier this year after she and husband Simon had decided to start a family.
But just a few days before her due date things went tragically wrong when Kelly’s waters broke and she went into labour with her baby girl Josie, at Rotherham Hospital.
“They came back and those dreaded words came out ‘I’m so sorry’,” said Kelly, aged 36.
“It was the worst day of my life, of my family’s life – you can’t imagine the pain and sadness and the numbing of it all.
“They never found anything wrong with my little Josie, she was perfect. It’s accepting the no reason or rhyme to why this happens.”
While recovering from her ordeal, Kelly was shocked to discover the number of women that have stillbirths each year and decided she wanted to do something to help.
“I know what it feels like to be sitting in that hospital room and to be told that news – it’s like you’re dreaming, it’s a surreal experience,” said Kelly.
“I just want to help others who will face this.”
Kelly is organising two events that will raise money for a charity called 4Louis, which provides memory boxes to hospitals around the country for bereaved parents of babies and children.
“I was given a memory box for Josie, which I found a comfort,” said Kelly. “It’s an awful feeling leaving the hospital without anything but this gives parents something to take away.
“They might only look at it on certain anniversaries but it’s nice to have it there.”
The boxes include items such as a clay impression kit, to capture a baby’s hand and feet prints, two teddies, one for baby and one for the family, a candle for a special occasion where the family may want to light it and a card, so the family can write a poem or letter to baby.
The first event Kelly has organised in aid of the 4Louis appeal is a Christmas craft fair at Sunnyside Community Centre between 11am and 3pm on December 7.
Kelly will then host a charity ball on May 30, 2015, at Rotherham’s New York Stadium. She is seeking raffle prizes and charity auction items for the event as well as sponsorship for the tables and helpers to decorate the venue.
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