Parents will join ‘wave of light’ to honour babies

Deborah and Matthew Hart want to remember their son and other babies
Deborah and Matthew Hart want to remember their son and other babies
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A grieving couple are organising a special tribute in memory of their son and other babies.

Debbie and Matthew Hart’s son Archie died 50 minutes after he was born on September 14, 2013, just 23 weeks and two days into the pregnancy.

Now the couple, of Devonport Way, Chorley, are planning a church service as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week to remember babies who have died either during pregnancy or at, during or after birth.

They wanted to do something after discovering the nearest service held last year was in Blackpool.

Debbie, 42, whose brother was born at 25 weeks in 1988 but sadly did not survive, said: “It’s important that all babies are remembered and that they are never forgotten.

“I know Archie will never be forgotten and my brother will never be forgotten.”

The service will be held on Thursday, October 15 at Chorley United Reformed Church, on Hollinshead Street.

Doors open at 6.30pm and the service starts at 7pm.

Candles will be lit and left to burn for at least an hour, creating a “wave of light” of candles around the world.

Debbie said Yankee Candle has already agreed to donate candles for the service.

There will also be songs with special meanings to parents, readings and poems, and all the names of the babies being remembered will be read out.

Afterwards, refreshments will be available and parents can meet.

Debbie and Matthew are also planning a Christmas fair, after a successful event at Chorley Town Hall last year. They raised £1,000 to buy a camera for Royal Preston Hospital’s delivery suite.

They also want to set up a peer support group for parents in Chorley.