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12-4pm - Ashford Baby Memorial Garden.


Just a reminder that the picnic will be on Sunday 4 July on the grass next to the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden. We have taken account of Covid and will have plenty of hand sanitiser available but we must ask anyone with any Covid symptoms not to come and for everyone to follow the current social distancing guidelines. Just bring along your picnic and something to sit on.

The timetable for the afternoon is:


• 12 noon onwards – families arrive

• 12.30 onwards – optional sponsored walk around the edge of the park (approx. 400m each lap).

• 1-3pm Dizzy the Clown children’s entertainer with a variety of covid-safe entertainment

• 4pm event ends


During the afternoon we will have our memory tree and wooden teddy bears and hearts for messages. We will bring pens etc., but feel free to bring your own felt tips if you would prefer. We will have our bubble machine and some games and activities, but please make sure children sanitise their hands before and after using them.


We hope to take a few photos during the afternoon for publicity and our website and other social media, but if you would prefer not to be included, please tell us!


The sponsored walk/toddle/scoot is entirely optional and is open to adults and children. We are not expecting anyone to do more than one or two laps! If you would like a copy of the sponsored walk form, please click here. https://www.eastkentbabymemorialgardens.org.uk/post/teddy-bears-picnic-2021


To help us with the planning, it would be great if you could give us approximate numbers of people expected to come along to the picnic - feel free to let us know via Facebook, messenger or by filling in our Contact Form. This is just to give us a rough idea of overall numbers, thanks!


Last weekend we had a fantastic day with our Smiley Face Tombola in Ashford Town Centre. This was our first Tombola in Ashford in 18 month, due to all our events last year having to be cancelled. We had a busy day and raised a fantastic £391 from the Tombola and donations.


Many thanks to everyone who supported us on the day.


We also want to say a big thank you to our volunteers. We think they fully deserved their ice cream break after a hot sunny day of raising money and awareness!


Please keep an eye on our blog and website for details of upcoming fundraising events.




TONIC is researching how Maternal Mental Health Services can be improved in Kent and Medway to best support women and their partners after experiencing birth trauma or loss. We are pleased to share the article below which explains more.


We need your help to develop Maternal Mental Health Services in Kent and Medway.

Around 1 in 4 women experience mental health problems in pregnancy and during the 24 months after giving birth. The NHS is committed to provide them with high-quality perinatal mental health care and has recently announced the rollout of 26 new dedicated Maternal Mental Health Services combining maternity, reproductive health and psychological therapy for women experiencing mental health difficulties linked to their maternity experience.


The development of Maternal Mental Health Services sets out clear objectives to offer psychological therapies for birth trauma and baby loss. As part of the Long Term Plan, mental health services across the country will help at least 66,000 women with moderate to severe perinatal mental health difficulties to access to specialist care by 2023/24.


Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) and East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust have developed a pilot project called Thrive: Psychological Support for Birth Trauma and Loss. Thrive is an inclusive, multi-professional service, offering assessment and interventions to those experiencing moderate/severe mental health difficulties as a result of birth trauma and/or loss. Specialist Midwives within the service provide clinical expertise and knowledge of birth loss and trauma, and support for future pregnancies. The Specialist Clinical Psychologist provides EMDR therapy and Trauma Informed CBT. Additionally, a person at the service with lived experience of birth trauma or loss is available to offer support and advice. This may include supporting someone at their assessment, sharing their experience of recovery, or linking in with support groups. Based on the need of each person, further advice and signposting can be offered. The service started receiving referrals in in January 2021.


TONIC is conducting interviews and surveys with women and their partners who have experienced birth trauma or loss, as we want to know your thoughts on how to roll this type of service out across other areas in Kent and Medway, to ensure these services are accessible, effective, and suitable for all.


If you are a woman who has experienced birth trauma or loss, you can:

• Complete a 15 minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ThriveResearch

• Participate in an hour-long interview – you will receive a £20 voucher for this.


If you are a partner of a woman who has experienced birth trauma or loss, you can:

• Complete a 10 minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ThrivePartnerResearch

• Participate in an hour-long interview – you will receive a £20 voucher for this


Participation is anonymous and confidential – you will not be asked for any identifiable information. Surveys and interviews are your opportunity to provide us with your ideas and opinions on this topic. TONIC will then analyse all responses received, with findings being written up into a report to inform the wider roll out of Maternal Mental Health Services across Kent and Medway.


If you are interested or simply want to find out more, please text the word ‘THRIVE’ to 07860 015 450 or email ‘THRIVE’ to engage@tonic.org.uk