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Looking to the future with Harry and Co
12:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014 in News
EACH month we will be highlighting the work of a charity making a difference in the town.
In our final week with maternity bereavement cause Harry and Co we look to the future.
WHEN Kate Tinker suffered the heartbreaking loss of her son Harry said she the aftermath was the loneliest she has ever felt.
But since then the courageous 38-year-old has been doing all she can to ensure other mums in the same position have someone to turn to after creating the Angels’ Walk.
This Sunday will see the charity’s fourth annual sponsored walk raising cash for the cause supporting Warrington Hospital’s maternity bereavement services but most importantly giving couples who have lost a baby the chance to share their experiences.
The Old Hall credit control employee said: “I started the charity as there was no real tangible support for people in that position.
“Even our GP said there’s nothing like speaking to people who have been through a similar situation and being able to relate to someone else which is what the walk is all about - having people chat to each other and discuss their experiences.
“Everybody is different but it helps people to feel like they’re not alone because that’s how you feel when you’ve lost a baby.”
The first Angels’ Walk was in January 2011 before Harry and Co became a registered charity in July the same year raising more than £25,000 so far.
Looking ahead, Kate and husband of 10 years Chris hope to continue to raise as much awareness as they can as well as supporting a second ‘Ride for Lilly’ cycle event this September.
Kate added: “Losing your baby near the end of your pregnancy is something that can happen but it’s not something people want to think about.
“The Angels’ Walk is not a morbid day, more a celebration where we release balloons to remember babies and children people have lost.
“Even if it’s only helped one person it makes it all worthwhile and keeps you going.”
The registration fee for the walk at 9.30am is £5 which includes a t-shirt and a souvenir charity pin badge or £2.50 for a child/£3 for child t-shirt.
For more details, visit harryandco.org.
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