One of Richmond’s iconic landmarks is turning pink and blue this week to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week.
Richmondshire District Council is celebrating the work of baby loss charities by changing the lighting on the 15th century Friary Tower for a week. From tomorrow (Tuesday October 9) until October 15 the spotlights will be focused on a campaign set up by an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to highlight the devastation of child loss.
Councillors answered a call by the APPG which is urging building owners across the country to light them pink and blue. Built by the Greyfriars of Richmond the tower - in Friary Gardens - formed part of the Friary established by the order in the 1200s.
Working with the major baby loss charities, MPs and Peers founded the APPG on Baby Loss to focus on policy and improve prevention, commissioning, clinical care, and support for bereaved parents who experience natal and neonatal loss of an infant. Baby loss occurs in many forms, including miscarriage, termination of pregnancy due to foetal abnormality, stillbirth, neonatal death, and postnatal including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and sudden toddler death.
“We are delighted to join this campaign to raise awareness of baby loss – which can affect everyone at any time,” said Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Ian Threlfall (pictured getting the lights ready).
“We are lighting up one of our iconic Richmond landmarks – one that people see every night as they pass through the town and we hope they will stop and think about the work these charities do.”