A Peterhead mum hopes to raise £1,600 to bring a CuddleCot to the town in memory of her late son.
Vikkie Summers went into pre-term labour in September last year after just 23 weeks and sadly lost her and husband Ian’s first child, a son called Ethan.
Vikkie is working alongside charity Angel Wings to provide a CuddleCot for use by families in Peterhead and the surrounding area so they can spend precious time with their babies that have passed away.
A CuddleCot is a moses basket that has a cooling unit built in that cools the baby in situ and can allow infants to be brought home for a while.
Speaking to the Buchanie, Vikkie said: “There are no CuddleCots in Peterhead and having one here would make a huge difference for parents.
“There is one at Aberdeen’s Rubislaw Ward so we were lucky that we could use it.
“We chose not to bring Ethan home but we could see him and were able to take prints of his hands and feet, and got photos with him, things that other people may take for granted.”
“The CuddleCot helps children too as they can see their sibling and come to terms with what has happened, and it can also benefit grandparents.”
Angel Wings has provided 42 CuddleCots to locations across the UK, 22 of them are in Scotland.
The charity is hoping to raise enough money for a further 15 in Scotland, with one currently earmarked for Robert Mackie Funeral Directors in Peterhead.
The CuddleCots come with Forever Dressed in Love packs that include dresses, rompers, shawls, booties, hats, pockets of love and bracelets for the babies.
The garments are made from donated wedding dresses and the packs are provided by Angel Wings free of charge to families that need them.
To help raise money for the Peterhead CuddleCot, Vikkie’s husband Ian and his cousin will take part in a fundraising walk for Angel Wings from Broad Street to the Rocksley Inn at Boddam on Mother’s Day (Sunday, March 26).
The duo will walk there and back twice bringing their total distance covered to 16 miles.
The walk will begin at 1pm and Vikkie is encouraging everyone to take part and help raise money on the day.
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Following the walk at 7pm, Chinese lanterns will be set off at Peterhead Lido in memory of lost babies.
Vikkie has also started a charity raffle page on Facebook (Ethan’s Cuddle cot Raffles) with prizes on offer that have been generously donated by firms from Peterhead and Fraserburgh.
Prizes include two hospitality match day tickets for Peterhead Football Club, vouchers for Aqueous and Creative Styles, and a special prize from Jim Ritchie Photography.
Money raised from both fundraisers will be put on the Angel Wings online fundraising page at www.gofundme.com/ethans-peterhead-cuddle-cot.
Vikkie hopes to have the CuddleCot in Peterhead by September to mark Ethan’s first birthday.
Vikkie added: “Losing a baby is such a taboo subject, no-one wants to talk about it.
“People asked us if we were ok afterwards but then they would never acknowledge Ethan and that really hurt.
“I hope that by doing this I can raise awareness that parents won’t be offended if you ask about their babies, and getting the Cuddle Cot will keep Ethan’s memory going and benefit families in Peterhead.”
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