Walk of hope across Humber Bridge to support other grieving parents
A MOTHER is taking part in a charity event to raise awareness about stillbirths after overcoming a personal tragedy.
Kelly Roberts's son Archie was delivered stillborn in August last year.
Now the 30-year-old from Barton will be taking part in a charity walk across the Humber Bridge to raise money for Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.
Following the loss suffered by herself and husband Gareth, she has thrown herself into organising a fundraising event on Sunday, March 17, in which herself and around 150 family and friends will take part in the walk in pyjamas.
Kelly wants to raise as much awareness as possible about stillbirth and neonatal death – and about the fact that 17 babies die every single day in the UK.
In the Yorkshire and Humber region, the most recent figures show there were an average of 5.3 babies delivered stillborn for every 1,000 births – the highest in the whole of the UK.
Mrs Roberts was 29 weeks pregnant when she realised something was not right.
"I remember not being able to feel Archie and thought something was wrong, so we went to Scunthorpe General Hospital," she said.
"Staff could not find a heartbeat and when our little boy was stillborn, we were put in contact with Sands.
"They gave us a box which had teddy bears, blankets and other items to remind us of him. The box is something we can keep forever and the support given to us by Sands has been incredible.
"If you take every emotion and times it by one million, it still doesn't show how I felt.
"I felt sadness, sorrow and shock. It has been difficult.
"I wanted to organise an event to raise awareness of Sands and raise some money for the charity.
"The walk is a public event. Everyone is welcome to join and I am really looking forward to it."
Mrs Roberts's other children are Joshua, 10, Alanah, 8, and two-year-old son Freddie.
The walk starts from the Barton side of Humber Bridge at 11am.