Here you will find information on the events that we arrange or take part in each year.
TEDDY BEARS PICNIC
An annual event is the Teddy Bears Picnic which we hold at the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden and in the grass area just next to it. This is a free event open to anyone who has lost a baby as well as their families and friends and everyone is welcome. Just bring yourselves, a blanket or chairs and some grub! No need to book, just come along on the day.
We usually arrange a children’s entertainer, facepainting, some fun games for the children, a few art options, and a chance to decorate special teddy bears or butterflies for our lovely ‘Memory Tree’. This year, things will be slightly different, but we will still have our memorial tree so you can write a message for baby on a wooden keepsake teddy. We will also have a small optional sponsored toddle/scoot/walk
BABY LOSS AWARENESS WEEK
Along with our beautiful Garden in Ashford, we take part in the annual Baby Loss Awareness Week activities from 9-15 October each year.
We try to arrange displays around baby loss and are always on the lookout for suitable places – perhaps a shop window, or a community building or library etc. If you have any ideas, please let us know.
We also encourage organisations to light up their buildings in blue and pink during the week. Again, if you have any ideas of suitable buildings, please let us know, or better still ask them yourself. And do let us know how you get on so that we can publicise them.
We are delighted that the Royal Hotel, Folkestone and Whitstable Castle are among the local buildings that have already kindly agreed to light up their buildings for the week.
Wave of Light
During Baby Loss Awareness Week we hold the Wave of Light. This is an international day where on the 15th October candles are lit between 7 and 8pm creating a ‘Wave of Light’ across the globe. For the past seven years we have held our event at the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden but because of increasing numbers (we are getting 300+ people coming along!) and concerns around those numbers in a dark area, we have decided in future to hold an indoor event on the nearest Sunday in a church just five minutes’ walk from the Baby Memorial Garden.
As we cannot hold a physical Wave of Light this year, you might like to have a copy of our programme for a ‘virtual’ Wave of Light that you can read through at home. And you might like to light your own candle at home for the hour.
Details of online events can be found on the BLAW website.
REMEMBERING OUR BABIES AT CHRISTMAS
A new event we had planned for 2020, but which was unable to proceed, is an informal non-religious service to be held in Ashford around Christmas.
Will will update here when we are able to with more news for 2021.