Mother fundraises for ‘angel’ midwives who supported her through tragic loss

Marie Jones, Claire Waters midwifery systems manager at BHRUT, and Marie'�s husband Andrew Larkin. P

Marie Jones, Claire Waters midwifery systems manager at BHRUT, and Marie'�s husband Andrew Larkin. Picture: BHRUT - Credit: Archant

A 31-year-old mother held a charity walk to raise money for the bereavement midwives who guided her through the tragic loss of two babies.

Marie Jones thanked the “angels” who supported her through her ordeal by drumming up funds for the Angel Walk, which this week doubled her expectations and went past the £1,000 mark.

The funds raised will be donated to the King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity.

The mum-of-two was taken to Queen’s Hospital, in Rom Valley Way, Romford, after her waters broke when she was just 20-weeks pregnant.

Her daughter Chloe was stillborn but Marie built a strong bond with the bereavement midwives in the “beyond amazing” maternity unit.


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She said: “I would have been quite lost without them. As soon as I gave birth they came to see us and helped us plan the next step, the autopsy and funeral arrangements, and dealt with the psychological impacts and how we were feeling.”

Tragedy struck Marie again last year when she lost her baby Isabella at 16-weeks but this did not deter her and she committed to arrange the event for a second year running.

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Marie, of Dagenham, added: “We aim to continue the Angel Walk events to give back, and to help parents like myself and my partner.

“We are focused on breaking the silence which surrounds baby loss, and we are proud to say we’re making a difference and doing it for our angels.”

The seven-mile walk took place in Hyde Park in August and so far the 58 donations have shot past all estimations.

If you wish to add to the total, visit justgiving.com/AngelWalk2014.

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