Lucy’s gift for aching mums’ arms

Lucy Twelves with bereavement midwife Lesley Carline. ANL-150120-123357001
Lucy Twelves with bereavement midwife Lesley Carline. ANL-150120-123357001
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A Spalding mum is helping a charity run by bereaved mothers offer support to the maternity unit at Peterborough City Hospital.

Lucy Twelves, whose daughter Darcey was stillborn in December 2011, is a volunteer with Aching Arms, which provides Teddy bears that have been donated in memory of another baby’s life to newly-bereaved mothers.

The bear is seen as a gift from one bereaved mother to another.

She contacted Peterborough City Hospital’s bereavement midwife Lesley Carline to offer these bears to the maternity service to help support other women who experience a pregnancy or baby loss. So far she has donated 36 bears to the maternity service – all have been donated by women who have lost a baby.

She said: “The bears do bring some comfort and to know it has come from a mother who has experienced the same loss, makes it all the more special. It is something you can keep forever, and maybe share with your other children, or family, when you are ready.”

Lesley Carline, bereavement midwife, added: “I am really pleased to be working with Lucy and Aching Arms. Sadly we have already given bears to women, but I can see how they can help them get through such a devastating time. It is a lovely gesture and one that I hope will improve the support we give to women.”

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