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Sophia – Pregnancy Loss Receives £2,000 from the WPH Charitable Trust

A Nuneaton charity which provides practical and emotional support for people who have suffered the heartbreak of losing a baby has been given a financial boost by the WPH Charitable Trust.

Sophia – Pregnancy Loss has been awarded £2,000 from the Trust to fund miscarriage boxes for people coming to terms with a loss.

The money has helped to fund 126 boxes for parents in Coventry and Warwickshire. So far, the charity has given 98 boxes to parents across the area who are grieving the loss of a baby.

Although primarily aimed at those who have experienced a miscarriage under 24 weeks, the boxes are also available for couples who have experienced an ectopic pregnancy, late miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Under UK law stillbirths are only recognised from 24 weeks onwards. Parents who suffer a miscarriage or stillbirth before 24 weeks are not able to register the baby and do not receive certificates acknowledging their baby’s existence.

The boxes from Sophia – Pregnancy Loss contain a certificate acknowledging the baby, as well as other items of comfort for the parents including seeds to plant, a small charm, a poem and a candle.

They are offered to parents under the care of University Hospital in Coventry and George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton. The scheme also recently expanded into Warwick Hospital where the charity has so far supplied 32 boxes.

Nicola Rygielski, Trustee of Sophia – Pregnancy Loss, thanked the WPH Charitable Trust for its financial support. She said, “The comfort that these boxes have brought to many families already is priceless.

“We have successfully been able to supply a total of 60 boxes between the two hospitals so far in 2019 and we are aiming as a charity to provide a minimum of 1,000 boxes to the two hospitals by 2020.

“The money from the WPH Charitable Trust will make a significant difference to those needing support the most.”

Peter Handslip, Chairman of the WPH Charitable Trust, said, “My colleagues and I are delighted to have been able to help Sophia – Pregnancy Loss which, although it has only been going since early 2016, has helped many women and men when they are feeling at their most vulnerable.

“It is typical that most of the many successful applications we receive year in, year out are from organisations, though we also welcome applications from individuals living with sickness or injury who would benefit from financial assistance towards equipment or services that will be of benefit to their physical or mental health.”

Established in 1994, the WPH Charitable Trust provides funding for individuals, groups and organisations which work to prevent, relieve or cure sickness in Coventry and Warwickshire. The trust provides grants for medical research, buildings, equipment and other forms of medical care for residents of the region. All applications are made via the Trust’s website and are assessed on a quarterly basis.

For further details on the Trust, or to make an online application, visit www.warwickshirehealthcharity.org.uk.