Families remember their babies by hanging leaves on 'rainbow tree' - The Leamington Observer

Families remember their babies by hanging leaves on 'rainbow tree'

Leamington Editorial 2nd Sep, 2018   0

FAMILIES who have experienced stillbirth or the death of a newborn have remembered them by hanging leaves on a ‘rainbow tree’.

Some 13 engraved leaves were hung on the steel tree in Warwick Hospital’s Quiet Garden.

The rainbow tree was funded by charity Jasper’s Rainbow – set up by Warwick midwife Holly Hawkesford whose son died just a few hours after being born in 2014.

Holly said: “The first leaves being hung on the rainbow tree was a poignant moment in a long journey, I was delighted that we had families come together to mark the occasion and to remember their babies.”

And head of midwifery Sarah Noble has welcomed what the tree reflects at the hospital and the comfort it will bring to families.

She said: “The rainbow tree is a beautiful addition to the garden; we hope that it is a place where families can come to quietly reflect.

“The whole team at Warwick Hospital is very proud of the efforts that have gone into making this important project a reality.”

Email [email protected] for more information about commissioning leaves for the tree.


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