Memory boxes to remember tragedy of lost child

Memories: Darren and Emma with the contents of a memory box provided by The Scarlett Eve Fund. Picture Marie Caley (D2756MC).
Memories: Darren and Emma with the contents of a memory box provided by The Scarlett Eve Fund. Picture Marie Caley (D2756MC).

A YOUNG couple who lost a baby daughter are helping other parents cope with the devastating death of a baby

Emma and Darren Sudworth have set up Scarlett Eve’s Fund in memory of their cherished daughter who survived for only two days following her premature birth at 28 weeks.

The fund set up by the Sudworths, of Warmsworth, donates special memory boxes to the delivery suite at Doncaster Royal Infirmary to offer some comfort to parents suffering the devasting loss of a longed-for baby.

Emma, 31, a healthcare assistant at the endoscopy unit at DRI, said: “Walking away from the hospital without your baby is awful. You don’t ever imagine your baby will be taken away from you.”

Darren, 36, a machine setter at Polypipe, added: “It’s something you read about in magazines, never something you imagine to happen to you.”

Baby Scarlett was born December 16, 2005, in the neo natal unit at Jessops Hospital in Sheffield. Happily, Emma and Darren are now the proud parents of Oliver , two, and Harry, ten months.

The dreadful loss of little Scarlett is still raw, however, and they were determined to honour their daughter’s memory and turn their harrowing experience into something positive.

The couple set up the fund in December last year and raised enough money to buy the boxes, which were donated yesterday, initially for parents who lose babies at 24 weeks or more.

They received a £500 donation from Polypipe and Special Thoughts in The Colonnades gave the boxes at half price. The Fairways pub in Balby also sold cupcakes in aid of the fund and plan to hold a fundraisng night later in the year.

The box includes two knitted blankets, one stays with the baby, a knitted outfit, a knitted hat, a photo album, a windmill for the grave, handmade cards where all the baby’s details can be written, a poem, a crystal heart tea light and a teddy.

Emma said: “We wanted to help others and it’s a service that we know the hospital never had. It is something we think parents would like. Some walk away, but it’s there if people want it and then they have the memory box forever.”

The bereavement midwife at DRI, Kelly Coombs, said: “It’s a wonderful idea and very valuable as we don’t have anything like it. It’s extra special and obviously going to help people cope with it.”

If you want to donate to the fund you can visit www.scarlettevesfund.co.uk and make a donation through paypal.