Lanarkshire mum will mark Baby Loss Awareness Week with fundraising night

A Lanarkshire woman is to mark Baby Loss Awareness week with a charity night next Friday.

Kimberley McCutcheon, from Cambuslang, tragically lost her daughter Alex at 18 weeks last year.

Last year we told how the 27-year-old was selling hand painted Christmas decorations, with the proceeds going towards Baby Loss Retreat.

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With this year’s Baby Loss Awareness week taking place from today, Kimberley decided she wanted to raise funds for another good cause, and, equally importantly, make people aware of what to say to someone who has lost a child.

Originally, she intended simply to have some friends and family round, but that swiftly escalated.

She told Lanarkshire Live: “It actually started off as a night in my back garden, where I thought I would have some friends and family over, have a drink and a mini raffle and raise a little money that way.

“But then I put a post on Facebook and it blew up from there. Legends [pub] got in touch to offer free use of the function hall and so many people came forward with raffle prizes. I thought I’d make a proper night of it, with the money going towards the charity SiMBA.”

However Kimberley, who has a son, Leo, is hoping that the event will have other effects too, beyond simply raising funds, much needed as they are.

She explained: “We just want to raise awareness of it. Losing a baby is not something that a lot of people talk about, and it’s something where people don’t know how to talk about about it either. They aren’t sure how best to ask something or what to say.

“I’m hoping that people going to this charity night will start a conversation in the future and it sets off a domino effect where people are more aware and have a better idea of how to talk to someone who has lost a child. It’s a topic that it should be OK to speak about.

“It helps us to have people ask and that people remember your child, because it means that these babies are not forgotten. So while the night will be a lot of fun, hopefully it helps people too.”

Kimberley’s dad William is a wedding DJ and will keep the tunes going all night, while prizes on offer include donations from hairdressers, nail salons, tattoo parlours, a photography studio and travel vouchers, among many others.

Kimberley added: “I’ve been so overwhelmed, both by the donations and also by so many messages offering support and people saying it’s a cause close to their heart.

“We would like to thank David Kerr at Legends, who has provided the venue and food, Craig and Rachel Dingwall at Special Events Glasgow who have provided decorations and William Roger at Diamond Discos for the music.”

The event takes place on Friday, October 8 at the Legends Bar and entry is by donation on the door.

Visit here for more information on the work of the SiMBA charity, who honour babies who have died, been stillborn or miscarried.

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