MEARFEST SOUTH WILL BE JOINING FORCES WITH OUR ANGEL BEARS
Something has not been right for us at Mearfest, we have been wondering how to go forward with what we do for a little while now, continuing our venture in a very constructive, productive, and creative way. Keeping in line with why we started Mearfest in our daughter Molly’s name back in August 2016.
Our main objective is to raise awareness about stillbirth and infant loss this we do through our rock events. At our unique shows we provide a safe yet fun space to talk freely about such a painful loss. We wondered how we could find the time to attend counselling courses and set up a charity business, virtually on our own, while managing a young child and work commitments.
While attending the Butterfly awards, one great thing came out of this was we met up with Kerri Fettis from ‘Our Angel Bears’. A non-profit organisation who help bereaved families going through the heartbreak of pregnancy, infant and child loss. Suzanne Stockbridge is the founder, and has lost nine babies herself, she is also a huge rock and metal fan, this is already sounding like a great union of like minds. The third team member is Victoria Fahey. Between them, they had suffered multiple losses and had all reached the dark depths of grief themselves. Through this they had created something wonderful, in the form of a memory/keepsake box, which within it lays a certificate of life, as many people lose their babies before 24 weeks, when they are not viable and therefore would not be given any recognition of life.
Another huge part of what they have created is, that when it came to the funeral and laying the baby to rest, many parents could not find clothing small enough to fit their babies, Our Angel Bears have an army of knitters, that create tiny outfits and even miniature moses baskets that can fit into the palm of your hand.
They self-fund everything they do, paying for this out of their own salaries, they accept donations and work tirelessly by sending out hundreds of these very personalised boxes to the people who need them the most. They have created a unique and vital service, which we wholeheartedly believe in. This collaboration has made us feel that we at Mearfest are now complete and ready to move forward.
We have decided to donate Mearfest South funds to them, yesterday we sent them £150.00 taken from the Mearfest North event last Sunday to help get things moving again, as Suzanne after years of struggle now has her rainbow daughter Rosie, who is just five months old. So, they cannot afford to do as much as they wish to right now All three ladies will all be at our next event in June, and will be able to show everyone what they do, happy to talk to anyone who has lost a baby. They run a baby loss support group in Bournemouth which is an informal coffee morning once every three months also attended by a midwife from the hospital. Both Suzanne and Victoria have gone through grief and bereavement training by the foundation of infant loss provided by Dr Chantal Lockey.
We are so pleased with this alliance, and we hope we all go from strength to strength.
Brian & Claire Mear pride themselves on putting on a good show. Photography is Claires passion, only the finest collection of images will be added here by the best photographers. We both hope you enjoy the show.