Baby grief parents offered helping hand

Karen Hancox, Neil Hancox, Konnor and Charleigh NNL-150519-112245001
Karen Hancox, Neil Hancox, Konnor and Charleigh NNL-150519-112245001

Parents who have gone through the indescribable pain of losing a baby are being offered a chance to be included in a special memorial.

Banbury funeral director Edd Frost and Daughters is creating a special window display at the Horton View offices in recognition of the unique grief such bereaved parents endure.

“It’s wonderful of them to do this for us,” said Karen Hancox, an Oxfordshire co-ordinator for SANDS, the Stillborn and Neonatal Death Society.

“We are offering the opportunity for anyone who has lost a baby through stillbirth or soon after birth to have a flower dedicated to their baby featured in the display which runs through June, SANDS Awareness Month.”

Mrs Hancox, of Romney Road, Banbury, said there was no need for any donation.

The offer is solely to allow bereaved parents a gesture 
to express their feelings for their lost child. One baby in every 216 dies before or soon after birth.

Mrs Hancox and her husband Neil lost baby Kayleigh through stillbirth nearly eight years ago. After much fundraising, Mrs Hancox became one of the leading lights in Oxfordshire SANDS, which offers support to parents losing babies at the Horton and John Radcliffe hospitals.

“We give memory boxes which contain various things, including a hand knitted blanket and two identical teddies, one for the baby and one for the parents,” she said.

“Imagine having to leave the maternity unit with handprints, a lock of hair and a memory box, instead of your baby. We understand and are dedicated to supporting anyone affected by the tragic death of a baby.”

SANDS also offers email and personal support to grandparents too.

Mr and Mrs Hancox have had two children subsequently, Charleigh, five, and Konnor, three. Anyone who would like a flower should email info@oxfordshiresands.org.uk