Rainbow babies charity's plea to spread some light to Burnley's Newborn Centre

A local charity that cares for women and parents who suffer the loss of a child through miscarriage, compassionate induction for medical reasons, still birth or neonatal death is asking the public to 'reach for rainbows'.

Friends of Serenity has recently added supporting those going through subsequent pregnancies through assisting the launch and running of the Rainbow Clinic at the Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre in Burnley.

In April 2020 Friends of Serenity launched their Rainbow Baby Boxes for the East Lancashire families who have their baby after loss, commonly referred to as a rainbow baby, after being referred through the Rainbow Clinic. These have been hugely successful and in just eight months have supplied the clinic with almost 100 boxes.

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Joanne Edwards, Friends of Serenity founder, said: "I am so proud of our rainbow baby boxes which we managed to pull together and launch despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Toby Edwards is asking people to reach for rainbows

"I know how difficult a pregnancy after loss can be and I am so pleased to be able to comfort those going through it. As we move into 2021 we want to boost our fund-raising efforts in order to make more rainbow boxes and other rainbow keepsakes to provide for families who have their rainbow baby regardless of their referral pathway."

The charity is asking the public to share their disappointment of 2020 and then spread a rainbow of hope by turning it into a positive by donating to its Reach for Rainbows campaign.

The campaign will run throughout the year and will pay for more rainbow boxes to be made for the hospital and the development of a new rainbow keepsake. You can find out more about the campaign and take part by visiting their website or social media pages.