Aldershot woman unveils memorial cloth for stillborn babies


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A women in Hampshire in the town of Aldershot unveiled a tapestry made up of pictures of still birth babies. The cloth, called Veil of Angels Born With Wings to Heaven, now measures 4.3m (14ft) by 1.2m (4ft). The creator Angela Roberts decided to create a tapestry after experiencing a still birth personally at 33 years old when her daughter Natasha was born prematurely at 28 week with her twin Natalie, who survived. Mrs Roberts, a care worker at Frimley Park Hospital, will release the lanterns into the sky on Saturday, December 1 outside her home in Fawn Drive. She said she hopes other mothers – thousands of whom have contacted her over the years since she began her campaign in 1999 – will join in and release a lantern with their child’s name on it.

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Mrs Roberts said: “I will continue to campaign for rights for every stillbirth child.

“Everyone is special, everyone deserves to be acknowledged, everyone is an angel.”

“I didn’t find out until 25 years later that Natasha was actually alive for a few minutes after she was born, and not stillborn,” she said.

“We have been told by the Government that they have no intention of changing the law.”

The cloth was unveiled by the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Terry Bridgeman, during a ceremony at Princes Hall. Similar events will be held in Australia, America, Canada and South Africa all run by campaign members.

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Dubbo Remembrance Day

An event held annually to commemorate the lives of the children who lost their lives so early to health complications such as still birth. Holding a ceremony where they will place flowers in lantern and release them, with each lateen having the name of their beloved child that they lost. All parents will be invited to a supper and talks in NALAG Centre gardens after.

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